This is a stunning tribute to a clearly wonderful person. Pink, I hope you'll say some prayers for me and others who have come across the loving words written about you. My condolences to her family and friends.
Wow! What a Gal! I love her style and her story was well written. It was expressed with adoration as well as admiration and painted a beautiful picture of "Pink". Remarkable woman.
What an amazing saint! I found this memorial by chance and reading this story of a complete strangers life made my night! May God bless and keep her soul!
I got an email that I think was meant for someone else with a link here. I have never met this lady but I just brought my 86 year old grandmother home from the hospital yesterday so that she could be with her son who is in the last stages of pancreatic cancer. Needless to say, I needed an angel. Thank you for sending one to a small town in New Mexico
Wish I had met Pink! She was a very wise person. - Elizabeth John
What an amazing, wonderful woman...wish I had known her!!! Holly
I've never been a fan of wearing pantyhose but I certainly can try to use them around my house! Thank you for sharing your wisdom, Pink. Rest in peace.
You have reminded me of what is truly important. Wish I had known you, Pink
Sounds like someone I would of liked to have known.
Rest in Peace remarkable Lady!!
I am a nurse in a nursing home. >25yrs. I will be doing the Patron saint story. Great way to break the ice when new residents come to live with us. Thank-you for sharing.
I am so sorry for your loss. I am sorry for my loss that I never got to meet Pink. What a wonderful story and life. Thank you for sharing her story.
Wow! What a touching memorial to your mom. That's not the sun shining bright outside, that's your mom's proud smile. Rest in peace Mrs. Pink.
She sounds like a joy to have been around! No wonder God wanted her up in Heaven with Him!
A role model for us all....God Bless Her. A welcome addition to heaven.
Thank you for letting us all know "Pink" I'm sure she is smiling knowing that she's making other smile as well.
I would have loved to have known her. Obviously she had a loving heart and soul. My deepest condolences on her passing. May she rest in peace,=.
She was an angel on earth... so glad to learn of her story. Cindy from Ohio
She raised her children up right and they are raising their children right, and this will go on and on, what a legacy Mary leaves behind, the world is a much better place because she was in it and brought forth generation after generation of well brought up kids. She was always doing God's work, what a Saint, she will be greatly missed and greatly remembered.
<3 So beautiful! Such a beautiful person inside and out.. Rest in Heaven sweet one!
Dear Mullaney Family,
I didn't know Pink and I don't know any of you but I am so inspired by Pink's story. My Mom died on 12/6/13 and I think that she and Pink must be twins separated at birth. They even both did the Jumble every morning! I am so sorry for your loss but I am so thrilled that Mom has a twin up in heaven to say the rosary with. My Mom was pretty good with possums too. :) I hope you are doing well. I know (from reading about Pink) that you have wonderful memories. I hope that brings you peace.
She must be smiling to see how beautifully you shared her remarkable life and wisdom. My sincerest sympathies to your family.
Thank you for sharing this. What a wonderful woman and a wonderful reminder that saints must surely walk among us!
I was blessed to read this obituary this morning. Thank you for sharing it with the world. Pink was quite a remarkable woman and reminded me of my own Mom in so many ways. The women of their generation were all very strong, caring and wonderful gals. Condolences to your family, but I am sure your memories will keep her in your hearts forever. <3
Pink is indeed a wonderful person, I wish I had met her. My own wonderful person died much too young, at the age of 62 years young. My mother never met a person she couldn't find good in, She used to say "There's a little bit of good in the worse of us and a little bit of bad in the best of us. My momma looked for the best and always found it. She had 6 children after the age of 35 and raised them all. She instilled in all a conscience, both by her teaching and her actions. She always said you have to teach small children about God who then becomes their conscience and reminds them of right and wrong when they need it. I am 70 and even today her gentle teachings guide me. She was the best cook in the world and people would come for miles for her lemon meringue pie. She loved people and her family dearly and grieved when they grieved, and laughed when they laughed. She went around singing all the time, even though she had crippling arthritis, diabetes and heart problems, She never, ever complained and worked tirelessly from dawn to dusk for her family. There is no way I can express how much she meant to us and others, evidently the same as this marvelous lady Pink. God bless them and I'm sure they have become friends in heaven above. Thank you Pink for your beautiful life.
Frances in Mobile
Thanks for sharing. What a nice lady!
What a beautiful soul. Thanks for sharing.
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR SHARING THIS WITH THOSE OF US WHO DO'T EVEN KNOW "PINK." I WILL FIND HER SOMEWHERE IN THE HEREAFTER AND INTRODUCE MYSELF, SINCE I DON'T KNOW HER FROM HERE ON EARTH. SHE IS DELIGHTFUL AND I WOULD HAVE LOVED KNOWIG HER. MY SINCERE CONDOLENCES.... MAY SHE REST IN PEACE. xox.
Wish she lived near me. God bless her in heaven.
What a beautiful woman -- wish I had known her. Thank you for this wonderful and loving obituary.
What a beautiful lady, very inspired by her story, thankyou
what a beautiful memorial to what must have been a wonderful women .it seems god blessed her with the most wonderful thing in life , to be loved and remembered by many.
I would have loved to be one of her friends, even if she was 30 years older than me
I just read your wonderful memorial of Pink on Huffington Post. What an amazing woman! You have inspired me, dear Pink. If I could only do half of what you did on a daily basis, I will be a better person, with a life well-lived. Love and light to all of you. God Bless Pink!
I never met Mary but I certainly do admire and love her! J. K. Lane, North Carolina
She sounds like a wonderful woman who I would have been delighted to know. Your family was very lucky.
"Be not forgetful to entertain strangers;
for thereby some have entertained angels unaware."
With "Pink" all who met her, where entertained by an angel.
Praise The Lord, for the shared life of His "Pink"
May Perpetual Light Shine Upon her and upon all the souls of the faithful departed. Amen. A wonderful woman brimming with ideas!
What a wonderful, inspirational lady! The world lost a bright light, but heaven gained an angel. May her love guide us.
What heart warming obituary. It brought smiles to my face and things to think about. Isn't it nice that by writing her obituary you helped her to continue her life's lessons after she has left this earth and joined Our Blessed Mother and Jesus, Our Lord. I am so happy to have come across this on the 11th Anniversary of my own Mother Mary's passing. I am sure they have met by now and are smiling down on us. Thank you for sharing. She was a beautiful woman as was my mom. May your faith in God help you through this sorrowful time. Know that she is there with you all in Spirit; it's wonderful as she is always there when you need her. Godspeed
I would have loved to have met and friended "Pink". What better legacy to leave behind is the unconditional love she not only believed in, put into practice daily. God Bless Pink and those who's lives she touched. Pay it forward as testimony to how her spirit touches your life.
I did not meet her here on earth, but when I reach heaven Pink will be the one angel I must see. Lovely lady but what beautifull human, I now know that Mother Theresa is going to have a very special friend indeed.Now there is much more love in this heart because today I met PINK.Much love to PINKS family and all who love her, May God bless all.
Pink's lesson has reached Italy too. I'm writing from Milan and I read her wonderful obituary. Many thanks to her family for sharing her life philosophy. A seed of Love has been planted. Hope the tree that will come out, reaches Heaven to salute her. Love.
I thank her for her words of wisdom and thoughtfulness. She is now Heavens smile !
Weeping... Thank you for sharing her.
My mother sent this to me about two weeks ago. What a beautiful soul. I wish all of your family the best and hope you have inherited her traits of greatness.
After reading many of the messages that have been left. I noticed that the majority of them are from people that she touched but never meet. The old saying is "How many people will you touch in your lifetime but for Pink look at all the people she has touched she went to be with the Lord. I am glad someone sent this to me so she could touch my life.
What a beautiful person. I wish I'd met her. Reading her lessons gives me warm feeling and I can't help but to smile. I .sharing this with my 7 year old son.
Rest in peace Pink.
Most amazing way to describe her! I wish that I could have met her, however, maybe I can take a piece of her with me and learn from her kindness. My condolences on your loss. She seemed like a wonderful woman.
I never had the honor of meeting this beautiful soul, but she has inspired me to donate to my local homeless shelter. I will do so in her name. May God Bless her family as she is welcomed into the kingdom of Heaven. Rest well beautiful angel.
Please put in a good word for me Pink! I could really use the help. Also, I hope my children and grandchildren think as fondly of me as yours do!
I just had this obit forwarded to me. I don't know your family and have never met Pink, but I wish I had. Your description brings back fond memories of my own grandmother. May the echos of Pink's dancing feet in heaven remind you that she's now celebrating with Jesus, and is only an intercession away from you. God bless.
What a remarkable and magnificent lady! A blessing to all. Thank you for sharing and my sincere condolences.
If I did not know you before, I feel I certainly do now. What an inspiring sould. If I had half of your wisdom... I would be blessed! Please pass my love on to my Mom, who left us a few months ago, and loved everything pink too! I think you two would get along swimingly!
Thank you for sharing your Mom,Grandma with us. I needed to hear all that. I will have a mass offered for her soul here in Edmonton, Alberta. God bless, Paula
What a heartwarming remembrance of a beautiful soul!
beatiful women, pink and beatiful, thank you.
from Tegucigalpa, Honduras.
I never got to meet "Pink" .
I wish I had.
Thank you to her family for this beautiful remembrance.
Hope to see you in Hallelujah Square
I wish I could have met her. I think I may have in one form or another in the many people I have helped or spoken to or smiled at over the years. You do not know me, Pink, but if you've a mind to, send me some of those you did not get a chance to help or to know. I will do my best. Margaret
This made me smile. I hope I can grow old in holiness and love as she did! Eternal rest grant unto her oh Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon her. May she rest in peace. Amen
Our Lord has a new Angel to watch over the innocent.
Hope to meet you some day. We'll brush whatever four footer is around.
I wish I had gotten to meet her; she sounds like a joyous, beautiful person, and you've done a lovely celebration of her life.
i am sorry i did not meet you in this life i do hope to see you just not too soon a friend never met kevin
Wow, what a beautiful obituary and bet none of us can say the same would be said of us, too bad. Can't wait to meet Pink in heaven. She is my new Hero! You all were so blessed to know her.
How lucky to have known and loved a seemingly passionate and caring lady. May her friends and family be very grateful for having her in their lives.
A friend insisted I search out this obituary & I'm so glad I did. Miss Pink's values, insight & compassion reflect a standard to which we should all aspire. Perhaps we won't get to Miss Pink's level, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't try. What a wonderful woman--and a beautiful soul.
Mary, I wish I had known you in this life. I'll look forward to meeting you in the next.
I just read your incredible obituary on the Care2 website. I didn't know you, but I wish our lives had crossed paths. You sound like an incredibly caring, gentle soul. Your family lost an angel. RIP precious one!
We all can learn lessons of kindness from this beautiful woman. Thank you for sharing her story. Pink continues to touch so many new friends. God Bless you as you morn her passing. May her soul and all the souls of the faithful departed rest in Gods peace.
I stumbled upon this and was very moved by the giving nature of this person. I know they will be missed.
Pink sounds so much like my grandmother, Frances, known to her 42 grandchildren as Granny. Reading this brought Granny back to me. Thank you.
I found the story about Pink's obituary on a news site and I feel so blessed to have read about such a kindhearted woman; we could all take notes. My condolences to your family in your time of loss.
She touched my life even from thousand of miles away. Reading her obituary, about her life makes me miss my grandma more. Her life also reflect how my grandma lived her life. Their legacies will never be forgotten. Two beautiful souls. I hope they bump to each other in paradise.
What an incredible inspiration to us all! I wish I could have met you, Mary! God bless her and her family! I will definitely be adding some Pink-isms to my life! Thank you for sharing her touching philosophy with us!
I didn't even know Mary, but her legacy makes me smile. The world needs more "Pink"s. My thoughts to her family and friends. Know that her message is reaching the world.
These beautiful words about this beautiful woman ended up on facebook and reading it this morning has blessed me, for sure! My heart goes out to those of you that lost this dear presence in your life but I hope with time and God's strength, you'll come to remember the blessings more than the sadness. As God surely reached out to welcome her home, may He reach to you in comfort, strength and peace. Thanks so much!
Another stranger here, I would have loved to have met you 'Pink'. You brought a smile to my face.
What a beautiful soul. My condolences to her family, friends & loved ones... I wish I had know this beautiful woman... She continues to be a bright star shining light onto the world. I'm so inspired by this heartfelt loving tribute...thank you for a glimpse into a life lived with such unconditional love for all.
Peace & Love
beautiful woman, beautiful story of her life, blessings!
Now thats the way to live life! God Bless Pink!
What a blessing it would have been to know this wonderful lady. RIP Pink! Prayers of comfort for the family.
Thank you for sharing and may God continue to bless your family.
The world is a better place because of her presence in it! We all will continue carrying the torch you held so high for us. Blessed Be, Pink
Pink sounds like the type of person everyone should have as a friend. She was a real blessing from God to those whose hearts and lives she touched. I wish I could have known her in life as I hope to know her in the hereafter.
Pope Benedict said the most effective arguments for Christianity are "the saints the Church has produced and the art which has grown in her womb." Pink sounds like a great example of the first, and she makes me proud to be Catholic! She will be in my Mass intentions tomorrow.
How blessed I would've been had I known her. Thank you for giving me a peek into the person she was.
I did not know Pink but she sounds like an amazing women. The world needs more people like her. Thank you Pink for making the world a better place
I look forward to meeting Pink if I God grants me heaven. She certainly knew how to spread His love each day to all she met. What a lady!
A TRUE ANGEL HAS RETURNED HOME TO HER MAKER AND WE SHOULD ALL DO WHAT WE CAN,WHEN WE CAN TO HELP OTHERS. KINDNESS AND LOVE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN PEOPLES LIVES!!
How truly Blessed you are that you all had this truly wonderful woman in your life. And how blessed I am to have had the chance of reading about her. God bless you all.
I don't know her, but just reading this made me love her. Thanks for sharing all those details about this lovely lady.
Dr. Mullaney was my ob-gyn for many years and often talked about his lovely wife, with great pride.
An absolute blessing to read this obit. A person I look up to and want to be like. Thank you Jesus for Pink's life and wonderful example! Please help me to be more like her!
May you all find comfort in the fond memories of Pink. I wish to one day be like this woman and fill everyone with love and hope. She has touched many people already even in the afterlife with her great spirit through this touching obituary.
Pink...more valuable than rubies. Oh to have 'we' walk such a pathway of goodness and faith as did this Godly woman.......the world surely shone brightly through Pink as I am sure it shall through her example to all she met........God Bless those who mourn the loss of their dear 'Pink'.
I'm a stranger but I would have loved to have met Pink. It is obvious that all her family understand what a fabulous person she was. Best wishes...Jeanette Aubry, BC. Canada
I send sorrow for your loss and joy for having had such an obviously lovely and loving presence in your life. They are altogether too rare, and are always an inspiration to others. Love to her and to you.
I am just another random person from Canada who appreciated hearing about your Mom. I will think of her from time to time as another "great" woman of our time...sounds like she raised her family to think of others and to follow in her footsteps. Blessings to all of you!!
Nice! Makes me want to start writing my own obit...thanks care2.com for turning me on to this wonderful womens story.
How wonderful that even in death "Pink" was able to bless strangers through her inspiring memorial by her family. God bless Pink and her family.
I happened across this obituary on line, and I have to tell you it brought a smile to my face. My deepest sympathy on the loss of such a wonderful lady. Take joy knowing that she is now dancing...or debating in Heaven with Dr. Mullaney. God Bless.
What a beautiful write-up. . . thank you for bringing a tear to my eye, and giving me hope that there are still people who invite others to their home on Thanksgiving. . .
Lessons to be learned from such a loving soul, even though she's gone she leaves a legacy to many people. Rest in Peace sweet angel!
We are not surprised that "Pink" and her legacy have gone international! We were blessed to have been her neighbors for 7 years and were delighted with her witticisms and adored her as a person.
Lots of wonderful memories of a truly wonderful women.
My radio station did a blurb about this amazing tribute for your loved one. I would only hope that when I pass this is an example of how I would be remembered, then I would truly know MY simple life had great meaning.
To the Mullaney Children,
We are not surprised that your mom has become an international star! We were her and Mary Anne's neighbors for 7 years and loved her witticisms and adored her person.
This made me stop and think about how I would like to be remembered. I feel she would be absolutely thrilled, for you, as a family, to print this in memory of her! It seems her style. So sorry for your loss but wow, what memories you have for the rest of your time on earth until you see her again in heaven! And then, just image the new stories you will hear when you get up there! Cyndi Rolison -- NC
I want to be like Pink when I grow up. God bless to her loved ones, you- and she, have touched me today. Thank you.
I'm from Milwaukee also,wish I would have met her. Just saw her article on Yahoo news, and what a beautiful soul. So inspirational. Sorry for your loss, my thoughts and prayers to her family. After reading her obituariy, I will never forget it/
Wow what a beautiful soul. I wish I had met her and thank you for sharing her with others. Her light will shine on in all that she has touched.
Rest in Peace Mrs. Pink!
What a life well lived.
She sounds like a fantastic lady. Thank you very much for this touching and amusing tribute to someone who clearly was awesome. :)
An amazing woman, who still leaves a lasting impression on those she has never even met. May she rest in peace.
Sure wish I would have known 'Pink'!
What a warm & caring lady. RIP
Thank you for sharing this, she has inspired my heart. We need to be more like her.
Thank you pink, your life was and is a great encouragement to walk and live in faith and love. XO
What a beautiful human being and a wonderful tribute to her. I would have loved to have known her --better yet, to have her for a relative!
I didn't meet her but what a beautiful soul!!! God has an angel with him right now...
Please extend to Mary A. "Pink" Mullaney's family and friends my condolences; and, my extreme happiness for them to have had the privilege of being a part of Mary's love, and her life. If all people all over our country had a 'Mary' in our lives, we could possibly be inflicted with some of her kindness, common sense, humor, and loving-ness.
So much appreciate all your family for sharing a part of of the special woman with me. She is gone on to Jesus, and Heaven will be (if you can believe it) even more of a special eternal place to rest.
God bless you.
I have a new regret in my life - not having the pleasure to meet Pink! My sympathy to all her family.
What a wonderful example of how to live your life. I am taking Pink's life lessons to heart and will put them to good use. I never met Pink but I feel blessed that I've learned a few of the lessons that she lived by to put to good use.
I hope that one day I have lived such a full and meaningful life, that I have touched so many people, that my family will remember me in this way. What a tribute to Miss Pink and how lucky you all have been to know and love her!
Your Mother and Grandmother must have been a wonderful person. I know you are sad at her passing but remembering her keeps her memory here on earth. My sincere condolences to all her family and friends.
A Stranger from Frisco, Texas, who read her wonderful obituary
I wish I could have had the wonderful pleasure of having met Mrs. Mullaney, I'm positive it would have been a blast. Rest in sweet peace Pink and I'll definitely use some of your suggestions.
I read Mrs. Mulllaney's obituary online. I am sorry I didn't know her in this life and I thank her family for sharing a glimpse of her with the world. I will pray for her, and I look forward to meeting her someday through the grace of our mutual friend, Jesus. I'm sorry for your loss. God's blessings to you.
I so wish I had known her but from this moving tribute I almost feel that I did. My deepest condolences to the family of this marvelous woman. This obituary shows that her spirit lives on in you. Peace and comfort to you all.
I'm crying over someone I've never met. What a beautiful remembrance.
What a wonderful example to all. She would have fit in just fine with the Southern Ladies down here in Mississippi. Bet she is having a ball up there with all her friends and family.
Sounds like a wonderful woman and a wonderful family. My sympathies to all of you. Your memories will live on forever. God Bless. Kim M., CT
I am thoroughly saddened to NOT have the opportunity to know Pink. But, her beautiful spirit has touched me through these stories and I am inspired to be a better person. I'm going to look for a possum to brush tonight.
What a beautiful tribute and an amazing testimony of her faith. Many who read this will hear about Jesus, perhaps for the first time, today.
I will say a prayer for her and her family, for although I never had the honor to meet her, she's taught me some invaluable lessons. May God bless them all.
What an amazing tribute to a wonderful woman. I will remember Pink at Mass. Keep the faith. Requiescat in pace. And Slainte to a fantastic life.
I am so sorry for your loss...but so thankful to read about "Pink"! We do ministry full time and would love to send the family some CD's. Please write us and I will send them. We travel the country, but happen to be near Lake Geneva WI. Please contact us through our website and tell us where we can send them to you! Know of our prayers!
God bless you, Mary Poirier
Sounds like we lost an angel that God shared with us
May this wonderful example of the true spirit of God at work in the world rest in His eternal peace. Thank you for sharing her pearls of wisdom, and may her memory be cherished by those who knew her in life, as well as by those who only just got a glimpse of her life by this lovely tribute.
She is still making friends. I never knew you in Life Pink, but the tribute to you as you entered into eternal life warmed my heart. I am sure, since we have a mutual friend in Jesus, we will one day meet and enjoy each others company.
"Pinky's" Year Book reads" With a smile for everyone, she has become a favorite of underclassmen and seniors". It appears she continued to leave a mark with many people through out her adult life as well. What an example of a true Christian woman ! For myself,I always wished Pinky(as we knew her) were my sister rather than my classmate Helen.A little jealous, yes.
It is comforting to know she will not be forgotten by her wonderful family to whom I send my deepest sympathy.
Anne Marie McCormack
I will carry on in Pink's memory. May we all have time to be nice, and share love along the way.
I offer prayers for all who knew her-and rejoice in their memories. I shall mourn for all of us who did not know her. It is our loss.
Thank you for answering the question of how to deal with the juvenile possum who moved onto my back porch this week - I searched websites all over but this source was a serendipitous find. God blessed your family and your mother's story blessed me.
Pink sounds like an amazing woman and friend to all. I wish I would have met her, but will definitely put some of her words into action in my own life. God is lucky to have such a great lady join him in heaven.
The only tears that can be shed for such a magnificent person are by people, like myself, over never having had the unqualified honor of spending time with her in person. Thank you for sharing her story and may Christ's peace and blessings be upon you and your entire family. May the perpetual light shine upon her.
What a wonderful woman and wonderful tribute to her. The era of these large, devout families is over and we are all less rich for it. I remember the "Pinks" of my growing up and what fun it was to be "one of the family!" Bless you all.
I didn't know this wonderful woman, but a dear friend shared her obit on Facebook. These thoughtful words have made her life a testimony even to those who never knew her. I'm going to print this to use a bookmark as I make my way through my G. K. Chestertons, and I will re-read it often. That way two amazing individuals can influence me to live a more Christ-filled life. Right now I'm reading Chesterton's work on Saint Francis of Assisi. I hope Pink would like having her life-story marking my progress through his.
And also, words can't express the loss of a mother, a sister, a grandmother, aunt, or a friend. My heart breaks for you all in your grief, and I will say the rosary with you in mind today. - Laura Bailey Peters
My condolences to the family. I wish I had known “Pink”, how lucky you are for having her in your life. We should all be so fortunate.
Pink sounds like a grand lady. I wish I could have met her. My condolences on your loss.
What a lovely account of her life! I wish I had had the pleasure of knowing her!
I miss her and I never knew her. What a beautiful spirit.
What a beautiful person. Any woman who'll spend the time to brush a Possum is absolutely going to heaven. Prayers for the family.
I have never seen an obituary like this--it is beautiful. I didn't know this fine lady but my daughter sent me this and I just had to reply. I'm sure God does love the color"pink" and she will add to the beauty in heaven. You are fortunate to have had this beautiful lady in your life. God bless.
Everyone should be so lucky to know just one person like Pink! Thank you for sharing her story.
What a delight! Know that she continues to touch people she hasn't met. I will certainly think of her when I run across a possum.
I live in Maryland and never met your mother. I saw a reference to the tribute you wrote for her on the Huffington Post website and am so happy that I clicked on the link. Thank you for sharing her with me. My regret is that I never met her, but I know where she is now! Mollye Meredith, Cambridge, Md.
I read Pink's Obituary on a Friends's Facebook and I had to send my condolances. I never met her, but I wished I had. This world we live in needs more spirits like her and I truely wished I had an opportunity to have met this Gracious Woman. Bless you Pink.
I hope Jesus likes the color pink....
This is the most beautiful obituary I've ever read! What a wonderful legacy she has left, and even for those of us who don't know here, we are enriched by it! My mother passed away a year and a half ago and I wish I'd had the foresight and/or courage to write an obituary like this!
What an inspriation of a life lived well. God bless you as you remember this sweet gal.
I didn't know Pink, but I wish I had. May she rest in peace knowing that the obituary written by her loving family is causing thousands of strangers to become her friends.
Rest in peace, Pink. What an inspiration!
What a wonderful person Pink is. I found this by accident and found it uplifting that there a still people like Pink in this world.
Saw your mom's obituary on AOL today. Judging by the way it's written, I'd say the apples haven't fallen far from the tree. You've already done your part to pass on what your mother has taught you. God bless you.
Pink's values live on in her family, friends, and those who never met her but were touched by this wonderful writing.
I will strive to be a little more "Pink". Beautiful obituary, I wish I could have met you Mrs. Mullany. Peace be with you and your family.
This was a great and humble woman. I would have loved to have conversations with her....
Cha.. New York
I am just a random person from Canada and I didn't know Pink, but I wish I had! Condolences to your family on the loss of such a colourful lady.
wow. sounds like a grand ole' dame! Her family is truly blessed to have had a woman like her leading the way.
I was reading a favorite blog today and on it she had a link to Pink's obituary. Another reader sent it to her because she loves reading obits of peoples lives who have lived so wonderfully, like Pink. I have tears in my eyes reading it and have make it a priority to be more like her. From the looks of the many notes in this guest book she has touched the lives of many strangers - I have a feeling she would love that!
Kristen Bel Air, MD
Read this on HuffPo and have to say it brought a smile to my face. I'm sure she did the same every day to yours. Bless you!!
Beautifully written. I wish I would have been blessed to have known such a wonderful lady. Rest now angel of goodwill. May your kindness and charity live on through your loving family.
I wish I had known this great Lady. What a wonderful outlook on life. She must have blessed thousands of people in her well lived life..
I know Christ will receive you with the world, "Well done my good and faithful servant, enter in".
I'm sorry for your family's loss. Pink's obit was wonderfully written. I wish I would have known her. There needs to be more Pink's in the world!
I didn't know your Mom, but wish I could have. She sounds like a wonderful lady! I know she will be missed, but it sounds like there are many, many wonderful memories (and funny stories!) that will live on. God Bless and Mary Keep your beautiful family.
I didn't know her but now I feel I do. My life is the better for it. Thank you. So much.
I never knew her, nor any of her family, but after reading her obituary, she seemed like a wonderful lady who had a lot of spunk. May the way she lived her life be infectious to others and the world will be a better place.
Love drips from this Obituary like nectar from an overripe peach that refuses to let go of the tree.
I am so moved and inspired by this obituary and the life of this wonderful woman I never heard of before today. I saw a story about her on the news this morning, and I had to look up and read the whole obituary. I will keep it always. I am sorry for the loss of such a unique and loving soul. Thank you for sharing her life with us.
Dottie DAcquisto Graham
I stumbled across this beautiful obit and wish to send my sympathies to the family of Pink. I'm from Alabama, so I never knew her and I can see it was my loss. I'm having a Mass said for her at St. Patrick's, my home parish. May she enjoy her eternal reward.
God bless, Lisa Dougherty
Thank you for sharing Pink's story...I am laughing, crying and filled with joy for a life lived fully!
I didn't know Pink but, like so many others, read the obit and it turned my day around and thrilled me to think of such a joyful spirit! Right off the bat I was reminded of my daughter's mother in law, Mary Evelyn McCann Mulloolly...we called her Dee Dee. She loved beyond measure, saw the best in others and LIVED HER FAITH. In her presence you always felt more valued. She had a fun loving spirit and adored and was adored by her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren...and friends and strangers who met her. Let's hear it for the Pinks and Dee Dees of the world! I feel certain they will be sharing stories by now. Alice Keane
I feel blessed to have never known her, but just by reading her obituary she has touched my life. Thank you for sharing her beautiful life, her humble heart and her happy spirit.
"Pink"...Bon Voyage and say hi to The Lord for me...You had a Great Life...Now Have a Great Eternity!...A Friend
I'm sad that I never knew Pink. My first knowledge of her has come from her wonderful obituary. In future, I will strive to be more like her in her incredible openness and compassion. Lucky family and friends to have had her in their lives. Blessings!
How blessed this family was to have such a beautiful soul in their lives. I hope each of them carries forth with her legacy of kindness.
She is an inspiration and one heck of a lady! Rest in peace Pink!
What an inspirational lady you were blessed to have in your lives. Having such a purpose is amazing. Oh to have more people take her wisdom and use it to help those in need. God Bless your family. She gives a new meaning to pink for me.
Pink has gone viral in internet (FB) land and even though they aren't her hand written messages, something tells me she is going to continue to touch people far and near for a very long time. An eternal life of spreading her light and being a blessing ... what a wonderful woman!
To the Mullaney Family: My condolences on the loss of this amazing lady. She sounds like one in a billion! When I wear pink, I'll think of her in prayer.
I stumbled across this obituary online. It's the best obituary I ever read. I sincerely wish I had met her. I am touched just reading this and can only imagine what it would be to spend a few hours with her. So sorry for the loss. I know that the she will never, ever be forgotten.
You captured Pink to a T in your obituary! I first met her when I was a junior nursing student and working part time at Bay Shore Boston Store in the young men's department. She came in often to get pants for her sons and spent at least 45 minutes each time sharing hilarious stories! The next time I saw her was many years later when she came weekly to bring Communion to residents of the nursing home where I worked. She brought the residents such joy and love-always hugging and kissing them and making them feel special! We shared stories of our nicknames-- she took pride in Pink--and I called her that whenever I saw her after that. She found out my grandchildren were at St Monica's and kept tabs on them for me. I loved her and will miss her but know she is in a better place! My prayers are with the family for your loss.
Jerry & Family, I am so sorry for your loss. Your Mom was an amazing lady, may she rest in peace. Your in my prayers!!!
I found this obituary thanks to a link that a friend posted on facebook. I would have LOVED to know Pink; and now in a very special way through the Communion of Saints, I can. It sounds as though Mary Agnes Mullaney was an amazing woman with a heart of gold and an iron-clad conviction in her love for Jesus Christ and the church he founded. May Pink's soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the Mercy of God- rest in eternal peace!
You were all so blessed together! - KK
Sorry to read about your Mom, Jerry.
This is absolutely beautiful. Thanks to the family who created this--you will always have her in your heart.
I never met Pink, but boy did she make my day. LOL (LITERALLY!!)
I never met her, but she seemed like an amazing person. I read this article and it brighten my work day. I hope to reach this age one day and be full of life just like "Pink". May she rest in the arms of her friend, Jesus.
Did not know her but she sounds like she was a great lady...
I never met this AMAZING woman - my loss. This inspirational writing came during a time I really needed a 'Pick Me Up'. God Bless you all during this time of deep sadness and may He heal your heartache swiftly.
I did not know Mrs. Mullaney, but read her obituary in the paper yesterday. To her family, may peace be with you as begin this life without her, may you rejoice in the joy of knowing that she is with the Lord. I am completely inspired by the way she lived her life, and though I am a stranger to your family, I will take to heart the way she lived her life for others and will be inspired to do the same in mine.
My mom has kept all the cute little notes your mom sent. I know my mom was tickled she made it to the big bash in June, however brief. I am so glad to have known her. The outpouring of love and affection is so overwhelming and beautiful.
Yours in Christ,
This is the best obituary ever. I wish I'd known this lovely soul.
I have shared this obit with my entire office, I have never read anything like this. She was one of the best, I wish I had known her better. I am so sorry for your loss, Every time I put on pink I will think of her( and that's everyday for me).
I never knew Pink - a friend forwarded me this amazing obit and I was awed. Such a bright soul! Her light is spread as a boat wake on all of you. Sending sympathies for your loss, and my thanks for your sharing of her.
9/6/2013, my dear Aunt Pink, or Pinky, is being laid to rest. I am a "Joisey" relative and our sky at 6:30 am was a bright, cool pink. Upon learning of Aunt Pink's illness, I phoned. She cheerfully answered and asked, "Are you coming to the funeral?" I yelled, "NO, I'm coming now!!!" I flew to WI in early July and had 3 glorious days with my Aunt(Helen is her sister, another saint). Aunt Pinky was her usual full-of-life stories self. I loved to hug and listen to her. I wanted to be useful. Being a daughter of a "Rogers", most of us, yes, we still iron. Aunt Pink hesitant to let me iron because of the ancient, sometimes not cooperative ironing setup. Needless to say, it is near the laundry chute. Enough said! I am not a religious person, but my outlook is broadening. I was thrilled to tell Aunt Pink that our only son, Matthew, would begin his high school career at Bethlehem CATHOLIC, Bethlehem, PA. She was happy as all can imagine. I know she will be keeping an eye on him. We all have fond memories of Pink. Mine as a small child, waiting for her on Christmas Day on the staircase of her sisters, "Sis" house in Rutherford, NJ. She'd come through the door, grab my hands and swing me around. Crazy thing is, Pink insisted she never came on the holiday. My dreams will remain my dreams and memories. My favorite picture of Aunt Pink is of her and my son with funny nose and glasses on. That sums it up. I LOVE YOU, AUNT PINKY, and will MISS YOU TERRIBLY.
This is the most fantastic thing I've read all day. She is an inspiration.
A friend of mine who attended the wake said I had to read this obit, so I did. I'm so sorry I never met your mother but I'm so glad I read this. This is the life Christ wants us to lead. I'm sorry for your loss but I'm grateful you shared this with us. May she rest in peace and may the lessons she shared by living right not be lost on any of us. Even those who were not fortunate enough to meet her. -Ted Perry
Pink Mullaney was well loved by all the Floods. My parents adored her! Pink came to my dad's funeral, where she connected with my friend, who came from Tomahawk and knew only the Floods. They connected (Of course!) and, guess what, I got a letter from Pink that not only expressed her feelings about my dad, but also about her new friend, Mary! =) What a gal. So happy to say she was our friend. My sincere condolences to all the Mullaneys. With love from Brigid Flood
To the Mullaney Family
I was so sorry to hear of the loss of your mom.may the peace that passes all understanding be yours through this difficult time.
I wish I had known Pink. Tomorrow I will make a sandwich to give away to someone who needs it. Thanks Pink for the inspiration!
Like many others signing this guest book, I never had the good luck to meet this wonderful woman. Definitely my loss. Through this obituary, posted by a friend on Facebook, I feel like I've known her all my life. Her children were lucky souls indeed to have this woman in their lives. You have my sincere sympathies as I'm sure Pink had many more life lessons to share!
Sounds like a wonderful friend I never got to meet! What a blessing to everyone she met! God bless and may many others carry one her wonderful legacy! I wish I could have known her! What an inspiration to others!
I started my day in the usual way, by reading the obituaries. Through the years, I have read of the passing of many friends. However, I believe this is the first time that I ever felt that I made a friend through the reading of an obituary! Thank you to Pink's family for the foresight to share their mother's gift of life in this way. I work at a food pantry and began our pantry day by reading the obituary to staff and volunteers to inspire them to serve our neighbors in need at a level of "Pink-ness" that will hopefully make the day a little bit better and brighter. I am sorry to all of Pink's family for their loss but am grateful that the world is a better place because of her. I have cut out the obituary and will use it often as a reminder to travel this world with humility, love and humor.
Even in her death, reading your mom's obit brought joy to the day. The world needs more folks like PINK. Thank You for sharing her live.
I too, am so happy to have been introduced to Pink. Thank you so much for paying homage to such a beautiful soul in such a way that she can continue to inspire others, of which I will be on that list. I will never look at a homeless person or a baby with a messy face and not reach out, or kiss them. As reflected by the author of this obit, she has indeed left behind a beautiful part of herself in her children & loved ones, that many will continue to enjoy. Live on, Pink! And thank you for sharing & inspiring.
Mary Mullaney, I wish I'd have known you. From what I've read about your life, it seems to me, that you spent your time on earth helping to create heaven. You were God's hands. May you be in bliss with the Creator.
A friend posted this on her Facebook timeline this morning. So glad she did. "Pink" sounds like a truly great lady, a true Christian. Her story inspires me to be a better Christian. I just mailed a donation to Saint Monica Parish in Pink's memory, because I thought it was the kind of thing that Pink would have done ... :-) May God bring comfort to the family and may they treasure her memory always ... Jim P.
What a wonderful person! I've added her amazing obit to my collection at http://ninalentinislifewithoutend.blogspot.com/. She is among great company. My sympathy for your loss, Mullaney family.
I did not know Pink either, but boy do I wish I would have. This is an amazing tribute. It reminds me of the quote by Annie Dillard, "How we live our days, is how we live our lives." She lived her days well. Good on ya, Mary Mullaney. I will do a random act of kindness today in your honor. Godspeed to you.
My condolences to the Mullaney family. I reading her obiturary it felt like I already knew her. What a wonderful mother and person of God. I hope everyone will pay it forward in life just like your mother. May your memories of her help you in this time of loss.
what a great obit and no doubt a wonderful women!
I too am one of the strangers sent this tribute. My friend said this reminded them of me. It was one of the nicest things anyone could say about me. I hope you find joy in knowing your mother continues to impact totally strangers with her warmth. (And I'm on mom's side, I find it totally plausible that a hitchhiking landscaper could be named Pete Moss).
I graduated high school with Tim. I spent time alone the night before graduation with Mrs Mullaney because she threw us a party. Those few moments have been cherished through the years. She made me feel as though I was the most important kid in the world. Tim and Meg, I shoulder your pain and share your celebration. She was cool as hell!
I never even knew Pink, but reading this notice, I certainly wish I had, and am inspired to be more like her. What a powerful, loving spirit she has. My thoughts and prayers are with all her family.
What an amazing woman, I wish I would have known her. I LOVE HER! I am happy that someone sent me this obit - what a blessing to have had her in our community. It gives me HOPE for Humankind. Sincere sympathy to her family. May all your wonderful memories sustain you. I am sure that she is a saint...St. Pink...patron saint of the common people. I will think of her as I walk and pray the Rosary. Thank you for sharing her story.
I did not know Pink, but wish I did. What a remarkable and inspiring woman who was honored by a remarkable and inspiring obituary. Thanks for sharing her life lessons. I have shared this on Facebook so others can learn from her. Many blessings to your family in the years to come.
My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Mullaney family. May your wonderful memories and lessons learned, always warm your hearts and bring you peace.
Like several others who commented here, I never had the pleasure of meeting this phenomenal woman. I first learned of her life (and death) when I was given the link to this loving tribute to a life well-lived. How I wish our paths would have crossed because she sounds like someone I would have liked to have met. May she rest in peace, and may her family find comfort in their shared memories of Pink.
I read and loved the candidness and deep appreciation for Pink that came out in the Obit. Spot on. Direct. The way it was..... Great !!
The Flood Family has a great appreciation for the Mullaneys as our parents were great friends and we were raised under the same regime ..... I take particular note to the statement "Put picky-eating children in the box at the bottom of the laundry chute, tell them they are hungry lions in a cage, and feed them veggies through the slats" because that occurred in the Flood home as well (yes, that was me !) as well.
Mullaneys grew up with the best parents and support that anyone could ever want. Pink was clearly the hub of that wheel. God has a special little cottage for her alongside Jerry, I'm pretty sure .....
Finian Flood Appleton, WI
Dear MaryAnne,Pete,Meg, and other children and grandchildren of this lovely lady,
What a beautiful obituary for a truly beautiful woman!
A memory I have of your mother is after Mass in the lower church at Gesu. She greeted me, and as always, made me feel like I was her favorite person. Then, as we walked out, I tried desperately to avoid eye contact with the panhandler at the door. But your mom greeted him by name and I'm sure made him feel like he was her favorite person.
I am so sorry for your loss, but be consoled that she is surely a Saint and interceding for you all in heaven.
At Kacey and Matt's wedding, I had the honor of meeting Pink and also had the opportunity to see her "in action" with all her loved ones. It was a celebration of joy. Her enthusiasm, good will and happiness was certainly evident throughout her entire family and is a loving legacy that lives on in her children, grandchildren and the rest of her family. It was a privilege to have met her. I send my deepest condolences to Kevin and his siblings and the rest of his family who will miss her presence but who will also celebrate her wise insights, who will regale her stories and caring actions which we can all emulate.
What a BEAUTIFUL Tribute to an AMAZING Woman...We Could be Better People by following in Her Footsteps!!!
The best obit I've ever read. She truly was an amazing example of God's love!
I DIDN'T KNOW PINK until now ..... but I will miss her, too, along with the multitude who were fortunate to have known her longer.
I never met Pink, but I feel like I have. Her obituary (nah, that's not the right thing...her words of wisdom masquerading as an obituary) are slowly going viral. I hope mine reads as well. Sounds like quite a gal! My condolences, and appreciation for sharing!
O my gosh Mary Anne, to think I lived only a few houses up the block and never met this wonderful mother of yours! So sad for me. We r blessed with u. The most wonderful daughter and kindergarten teacher EVER! Sending hugs and kisses to your family in your time of mourning or should I say your celebration of a beautiful loving woman.
I was a patient of her husband's who delivered the news my husband and I were going to have twins about 25 years ago. He told us stories of his twins. Your mother was a wonderful person and I love the obituary of her kindness, loving, and generous heart. I have never met her but I believe I saw her sense of humor and kindness in the stories we were told. Sorry for your loss of a wonderful mother.
I never met this woman. I didn't even know she existed until someone shared this obituary with me, but I am inspired by her true Christian example and will be sharing her story with others. What a tremendous blessing to have been touched by such love manifested in this kind woman.
What a lovely tribute to your mother who I never met. Because of your message I will try to live less critical and more loving. I would have loved to meet her. God has blessed you with many happy memories.
Your Moms legacy brings Tears too Me...What a Wonderful, Fun,Thoughtful Caring Woman!! Who always had God in her Heart and Life...And Now in Eternal Life with all of Her loved ones who went before Her. May god help Her Entire Family through such Difficult times...Until you All are Together again in Heaven Rejoicing!!! :-) I am so sorry for your loss MaryAnne.....
A wonderful story. I will wear my pink shirt while traveling tomorrow and spread the color everywhere I go in her honor.
I did not know Mary but can say that I am very sad knowing that a person with this much personality and gusto is no longer with us. I'm sure her wisdom and selflessness will live on in those whose lives she touched.
God bless her as she so beautifully blessed this earth. Peace in the hearts of all who will miss her.
-One who wishes we had met
I am one of those strangers that your mother never met. What a wonderful legacy your mother has left. I would have loved to have met her. What a blessing she must have been to you and to all those who knew her. I extend my sympathy to your family as you celebrate her life. May God bring comfort to you all.
I think we should have an Official Pink Archival database with "The Best Of" letters she has sent to so, so many! I myself have quite a handful that fall into that category! Or, an Evening with Pink; A Literary Retrospective of Love and Laughter! What a woman!
To Pete and family from an old BC pal; so sorry for your loss. While I never met Pink, she sounds like quite a wonderful person. No doubt, one reason you turned out so well. My sincere sympathies,
John M. Thompson BC '79
I never met "PINK" but feel that I know her...it is my loss that our paths never crossed...she is an example to us all...you KNOW she is in Heaven.....rest in peace Pink---you've earned it...
What I will miss most about Aunt Pinky is her Godliness, and the way she beamed with pride when she spoke of her children, and grandchildren. I will miss her total honesty, loving heart, and warm stories. You have my deepest condolences cousins and siblings. Thinking of you all with love and warm thoughts. Maureen Rogers-Maylath
I am delighted and moved by the description you wrote to celebrate her life. She was and will remain one incredible force and influence. I did remember a wonderful letter she once wrote to me! Your family is incredibly blessed to have shared her wisdom, grace, love, positive attitude and celebrative energy that never seemed to waver. So glad I got to spend a bit of time with her last September! Lots of prayers coming your way! Her impact on others will live on!