MERCEDES J. McCARTHY

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McCARTHY MERCEDES J. McCARTHY Mercedes J. McCarthy peacefully passed away on Friday, August 1, 2014, sixteen days prior to her ninety-sixth birthday, at the home of her son, Phillip, in Washington, DC. Her husband predeceased her on December 7, 1991. Mrs. McCarthy was, at the time of her death, a resident of Chevy Chase, Maryland, but, previously, was a long time resident of Silver Spring, Maryland, where they raised their nine children: Danette Christmas, Denis McCarthy, Sharon Reinckens, Sheila Wooters, John McCarthy, Jr., Robert McCarthy, Deborah Whyte, Michael McCarthy, and Phillip McCarthy, all residents of the Washington, D.C. area. The former Mercedes Galway was born on August 17, 1918, in St. Johns, Newfoundland, Canada. A naturalized United States Citizen, she was always proud to be able to claim to be born "a subject of the Queen." A former student at New York University, she met and married her husband of forty-six years in Newfoundland during World War II, when he was head of the local United Service Organization and she, the founder of the first dance studio in St. Johns, was a dance choreographer of the shows put on for the troops. In 1949 they moved to the Washington area. After the war, her husband worked for the organization later to become the United States Catholic Conference, rising to be Director of Migration and Refugee Services, and President of the International Catholic Migration Commission of Geneva, Switzerland. Mrs. McCarthy operated a dance studio in the Washington area for many years. After her children were grown, Mrs. McCarthy traveled with and supported her husband in his worldwide refugee efforts that raised over a billion dollars for Catholic Church relief efforts and cared for over one million war refugees. Mrs. McCarthy was a member of the Shrine of the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church and the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of St. John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta, otherwise known as the Order of Malta. In addition to her nine children, survivors include her thirty-four grandchildren and twenty-five great grandchildren. A Mass of Resurrection will take place at the Shrine of the Blessed Sacrament in Washington, DC, on August 16, 2014, at 11 a.m. with interment thereafter at Gate of Heaven Cemetery. There will be a viewing at Hines-Rinaldi Funeral Home, 11800 New Hampshire Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20904, on Friday, August 15, 2014, from 6 to 8 p.m. The family requests, in lieu of flowers, that a contribution be made to the Order of Malta, Federal Association, 1730 M Street, NW, Suite 403, Washington, DC 20036.A Mass of Resurrection will take place at the Shrine of the Blessed Sacrament in Washington, DC, on August 16, 2014, at 11 a.m. with interment thereafter at Gate of Heaven Cemetery. There will be a viewing at Hines-Rinaldi Funeral Home, 11800 New Hampshire Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20904, on Friday, August 15, 2014, from 6 to 8 p.m. The family requests, in lieu of flowers, that a contribution be made to the Order of Malta, Federal Association, 1730 M Street, NW, Suite 403, Washington, DC 20036.

Published in The Washington Post on Aug. 10, 2014
Mercedes J McCarthy
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