Mary Elizabeth Ormond McMahon

Mary Elizabeth Ormond McMahon was born at home on a farm on April 14, 1917, Harvard, NE. She died at home in Bethany, MO, December 31, 2017 at age 100 years, eight months, 17 days.

Mary’s father & maternal grandmother were Irish immigrants. Mary graduated from high school in 1933 in Harvard, Nebraska. She  attended Business College in Hastings, NE and worked in Washington DC during WWII at the Pentagon in the Adjutant General’s Office.

Mary married Edward Joseph McMahon on January 19, 1946 in Norfolk, VA.  They moved to a ranch in 1947 in Hermosa, SD, near Rapid City where they started a cattle business.  In 1955, they moved to Interior, SD, on the Pine Ridge Reservation. Two subsequent moves followed: to Gallatin, MO, in 1956 where Mary worked for Brandon Law Firm and to Gilman City, MO in 1965 where she worked as a bookkeeper for Prairie View Grain Elevator. She retired in 1984. Edward and Mary continued to run cattle until they retired in 1995.

Mary had an eventful 100th year. She celebrated her birthday in April for six days with more than 100 friends & family from across the country. She went to Baltimore in June for her granddaughter’s wedding and visited Washington, DC. During the summer, she traveled to Rapid City for her cousin-in-law’s funeral and spent a month in Sioux Falls with her daughter. She made the paper twice, once for her birthday and again for attending the eclipse celebration in Gallatin, MO. She enjoyed going out to eat, riding the NuStep bike 40 minutes, hosting bridge parties, and playing Cribbage and Scrabble with friends & family.

Mary was devoted to Our Lord, Jesus Christ and her Catholic faith. She was a member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Bethany, MO.

Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Joseph McMahon, infant son, Francis Edward, son-in-law, Delyle Huber; mother, Mary Elizabeth Hannen Ormond, her father, Richard Ormond, siblings: David Joseph Ormond, James Edward Ormond, Richard Patrick Ormond, Johanna Lucy Ormond Sandberg, Margaret Helen Ormond and John Francis Ormond.

Mary is survived by her children: Kathleen McMahon, Kansas City; Casey (Janet) McMahon, Gilman City; Eileen McMahon, Gallatin; Joan Huber, Sioux Falls, SD; Lloyd (Amy) McMahon, Coffey; and eight grandchildren: Kristina Huber (Zachary) White of Baltimore, MD; Edward Carreon of Oregon; Miles and Claire Carreon of Kansas City; Elizabeth (Jarret) Webb of Gilman City; Marie Huber of Sioux Falls, SD; Rachel McMahon of Greenfield, MO & Kendra McMahon of Coffey, MO.

Visitation and Rosary, Thursday, January 4, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, Bethany.

Funeral Mass with lunch to follow, Friday, January 5, 10:30 a.m.,  Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, Bethany

Inurnment, Friday, January 5, 12:30 p.m., St. John’s Cemetery, Gilman City.

Memorials: Harrison County Hospice, Harrison County Council on Aging, Blessed Sacrament Catholic Catholic Church.

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