Mariella, Miriam McMahon
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passed away in her sleep on June 16, 2014, at the age of 92. Miriam was born October 25, 1921 in Oil City, PA, the third of eight siblings born to Herbert and Helen McMahon. The family also lived in Erie and Titusville, PA, and Miriam went on to earn her RN at Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh. She was one of the few nurse anesthetists during WWII. She met the love of her life, Ray Mariella, in Pittsburgh where he was studying for a Ph.D. in chemistry, and they married in 1943. They moved to Evanston, IL, as Ray taught first at Northwestern and then became the chair of the chemistry department and Dean of the Graduate Schools at Loyola University. Miriam devoted herself to raising her family but continued to work part-time as a nurse at St. Francis and Evanston Hospitals as well as in private duty. In the 1970's Ray became the Executive Director of the American Chemical Society and they moved to the Washington, D.C. area. As diplomat-spouse, Miriam often accompanied Ray on his travels, establishing and expanding partnerships with professional chemical societies throughout the world. After Ray retired in 1984, they bought a home in Sun City West where they both were active with a range of organizations, particularly philatelic societies. Miriam also thrived on being a grandmother. She doted on all her grandchildren and always seemed happiest when she could actively participate in the miracle of her children and grandchildren growing up and reaching for their dreams. She was preceded in death by her husband of sixty-seven years, Raymond P. Mariella, Sr., Ph.D., who passed in 2010. She is survived by her children, Miriam Mariella Lynch, B.A., and her son Brett Lynch; Raymond Mariella, Jr., Ph.D., and his daughters Margaret and Holly Mariella; Anne Mariella, Ph.D.; Patricia Mariella, Ph.D., and her sons John and Stefan Pribula. The memorial service will be private for family members. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to the American Nurses Foundation.
Published in The Arizona Republic on June 29, 2014