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Maureen Healy

Maureen Healy 10/9/1955 - 12/9/2012 On Sunday afternoon December 9th as her children Fiona, Maeve, and Paul and husband Aidan O'Sullivan braided her beautiful hair, massaged her hands and feet and hugged her close, Maureen got relief from her pain and medical treatments as she gracefully departed from us all at Stanford Medical Center. Maureen dedicated herself 100% to everything she did. Her most passionate endeavor was to raise her children to be healthy, strong, educated, independent individuals, a feat that was both satisfying and successful. Born in Rhode Island in 1955 to Mrs. Ernestine Healy and the late Charles F. Healy, Maureen first attended a French school in Kenitra, Morocco where the family lived for three years before returning to the U.S. and moving to Marin County, California. Maureen attended Hidden Valley Elementary in Sleepy Hollow, Drake High School and College of Marin. She was a great track athlete competing in the 100, 220 as well as long jump and was an even more impressive student achieving high marks in the classroom. Maureen diligently applied herself to very successful professional careers with Trans America Title Co. as an escrow officer, with Farella Braun & Martel as a real estate and business paralegal, as an administrator at Cascade Canyon School and as a business manager with her and Aidan's construction and real estate holdings. Maureen was blessed with exotic good looks as well as a vivacious and giving personality. She met Aidan in 1982 and quickly realized a mutual interest in the outdoors, dining and entertainment, their dogs, and travel. In 1983 Maureen and Aidan enjoyed a 6 month backpacking trip around the world visiting New Zealand, Australia, South E. Asia, India, Kashmir, Abu Dhabi, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Greece, France, and Ireland. In recent years she thoroughly enjoyed visiting her children when they studied or worked abroad. Maureen was an amazing cook, loved to read, speak French and garden both vegetables and other plants. She enjoyed water skiing, snow skiing and scuba diving. She also loved to ride her horses Champagne, Cowgirl and Carmen, her first horse, who in the 1980s at the age of 40+ was featured in the I.J. as the oldest known horse in the area. She loved volunteering at Guide Dogs for the Blind, cooking meals for the homeless, organizing visits to the elderly through LITA and supplying reading books to bilingual children in San Rafael. Maureen discovered she had a MDS condition in August 2012 and during treatment contracted MAI, a bacteria that her low immune system and heavy doses of antibiotics were unable to contain. She privately managed her health care herself refusing to burden others and determined to beat it. The Family wishes to thank nurses, doctors, staff, and private health advocates at Kaiser San Rafael and Stanford Medical Center along with neighbors and friends for food delivered to our home and for providing support in lots of areas during this difficult time. A special thanks to Aunt Stella for her wonderful support and love. Maureen is survived by her three children Fiona, Maeve, and Paul, her husband Aidan O'Sullivan, mother Mrs. Ernestine Healy, sisters Francine of Sparks, Nevada and Kate (Bob Barcelon) of Colorado Springs, nephew David Rawks (Kat) of El Cerrito, sister-in-law Stella Litke of Burlingame, Brother-in-law Barry O'Sullivan (Sheila) of Novato, Mike O'Sullivan (Eileen) of Bantry Co Cork Ireland, and many great friends from her life and community. A celebration of Maureen's life will be held at St Rita's Church, 100 Miranda Drive, Fairfax on Saturday December 15th at 2:00pm. In lieu of flowers please send donations in her honor to Guide Dogs for the Blind at 350 Los Ranchitos Rd, San Rafael, CA 94903 or to LITA at LITA Marin, 4340 Redwood Highway-Suite F 101, San Rafael, CA 94903.

Published in Marin Independent Journal on Dec. 13, 2012
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