Mary L. Kavanaugh, born December 10, 1920, passed away February 2, 2008. Mary graduated from St. Mary’s School of Nursing, Rochester, MN and served in the U.S. Navy Reserves Nurse Corps during World War II. She was employed at St. Joseph’s School of Nursing, Ft. Dodge, Iowa, for 10 years. During this period of time she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at College of St. Teresa, Winova, MN. Mary moved to Arizona in 1960 and began employment at Phoenix Indian Medical Center, retiring after 20 years. During this time she obtained her M.A. in Adult Education at ASU. She was a member of St. Thomas the Apostle Parish and Our Lady of the Assumption Sodality, Catholic Daughters of America and NARFE Chapter 1506. After retirement she cared for her aunt and continued her hobbies of gardening, knitting, stitching and playing bridge. A source of joy for her throughout the years was her beautiful rose garden, her fruit trees and flower beds. The family cherished her afgans, needlepoints and cross-stitches; not to mention her handpainted china. She started playing bridge at retirement and never stopped. Her “Bridge Ladies” and the friendship they all enjoyed gave her a rich full life of which she enjoyed every minute. Mary was predeceased by parents John and Veronica Kavanaugh, eight siblings and 1 niece. Surviving are 28 nieces and nephews, and one sister-in-law. Visitation will be held from 4:00 – 6:00 P.M., with Rosary at 5:00 P.M., Wednesday, February 6th, at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Rd. Funeral Mass will be at 10:30 A.M. Thursday, February 7th, at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, 2312 East Campbell Ave.
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