Maureen McMahon Mooney
Maureen M. Mooney, 66, formerly of Pensacola, passed away January 11, 2013 at her home in Stowe, VT with her family by her side. She was born December 15, 1946 in Mineola, NY, the daughter of William and Gladys McMahon.
She was the former director of Life Flight of Pensacola, Florida and co-authored three books on pre-hospital emergency care. Maureen's name will not appear on any plaque or memorial in Manhattan or be read out loud with the souls of 9/11 but she is another victim. While serving as part of the national DMAT disaster response team, Maureen was exposed to crushed glass, heavy metals and numerous other toxic substances. This exposure ultimately led to her terminal condition and early passing due to pulmonary hypertension. Maureen kept her First Responder ID near her, never forgetting the firefighters, police officers and others that she helped. ER nurse, Life Flight nurse, first responder to natural disasters and terrorist attacks, Maureen touched so many people. Married to her husband Joe, who she met at 13, she had over fifty years of love, laughter, support and a happy life dedicated to serving others. What a gift that her husband, Prince Charming held her hand as she drifted towards the light.
Maureen is survived by her husband, Joseph; her son Chris and his wife Tracey; grandsons Matthew and Patrick all of Stowe. Maureen also leaves behind a loved niece, Suzanne Zapalla of Long Island, NY. She was predeceased by her parents; a sister, Shawn Georges and Shawn's husband, John Georges; a nephew, Derek Georges; and a brother, James McMahon.
A celebration of her life will be held Thursday, January 31, 2013 at Baptist Hospital, 5th floor from 5-7 pm in Pensacola, Florida. Interment will be held in the spring in Stowe, VT. White-Fiess Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Contributions in Maureen's name may be made to the Feal Good Foundation for No Responders Left Behind by logging on to www.fealgoodfoundation.com.
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Published in Pensacola News Journal on Jan. 17, 2013