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McGarey, Joan 84, of Scottsdale passed away on 3-21-2015. "The BEST storyteller." "The ultimate romantic." "What a woman!" "The greatest sense of humor." "Pure joy and inspiration." "A life force that couldn't be matched." "The McGarey matriarch." These are some of the comments people will remember Joan Bliss McGarey by, who was a courageous soul with an adventurous heart. Joan Gormly Bliss was born on May 27th, 1930 in New York City to Gertrude Gormly Bliss and Robert Parker Bliss, Jr. Joan was educated at Convent of the Sacred Heart of Greenwich, CT and the Ursuline Academy of New Rochelle, NY. On January 26, 1952, Joan wed Charles O'Brien McGarey, with whom she raised 7 children: Patty Bigelow, O'Brien, Michael (deceased 12-13-03), Robbie, Peter, Denver and Christopher McGarey, in Larchmont and West-hampton, NY. In 1972, Joan headed west to Arizona with her boys, where she became a real estate agent in Scottsdale and Phoenix. For nearly 40 years Joan was a leader and mentor to many while serving several generations of her friends and clients. Beside being an amazing story-teller, Joan loved her friends and family, was a spirited Catholic and was very fond of bridge. No matter the circumstances she faced, she could always be counted on to bring laughter and joy to those around her. Joan will be greatly missed by her children, 30 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, Sacred Heart Alumni and countless friends. A service in Joan's memory will be held at Our Lady of Perpetual Help (7655 E. Main Street, Scottsdale, AZ) on Thursday, April 9th at 1:30PM. Donations can be made in Joan's memory to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital or Convent of the Sacred Heart of Greenwich, CT.
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Howison, Margaret "Peggy" Mary 89, of Tempe Arizona, passed away February 22, 2015 in Cincinnati , Ohio. Loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Florence Elstro one sister Joan Tillar, three grandchildren, Michael Polcer, Elaina van Ryswyk, and Brad Howison and her husband of 46 years William Howison. Peggy was born February 27, 1926 in Cincinnati and moved to Arizona in 1985. She was deeply devoted to her faith, her family and her friends. She spent her time in service of others, including taking the Eucharist to people in care facilities and volunteering at Tempe St. Luke's hospital. She will be dearly missed by her beloved extended family and friends including daughters Jan (Randy) van Ryswyk of Chandler, Arizona, Ann (Mike) Polcer of Punta Gorda, Florida, Lynn (Jeb) Bagenstose of Naples, Florida, sons John (Ann) of Harbor Beach, Michigan, Jim (Sharon) of Cincinnati, Ohio, Tom (Trish) of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Chip (Katie) of Palm Harbor, Florida along with 18 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren, 1 great, great, grandchild. Peggy is also survived by her sister Jeanne McGonegle of Cincinnati. A celebration of life / mass will be held at 10am Saturday April 11, 2015 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church 1800 E Libra Drive Tempe, Arizona 85283. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Homebound Ministry at Holy Spirit Catholic Church.
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