Josephine P. O'Hara

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O'Hara, Josephine P.

Josephine (Jo) Anne Payton O'Hara, age 88, dearly beloved, precious mother passed away peacefully in her sleep just after dawn on Monday, March 13, 2017. She was born in St. Paul, MN, lived for a time in Baltimore, MD, and then settled in Albuquerque, where she lived for over 50 years before her passing.

She is survived by her daughter, Mary P. O'Hara, of New York, New York, who was by her side and holding her hand as she passed. She is also survived by several cousins, including Helena Murphy of Spooner, WI.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband, John Kevin O'Hara; her brother, Thomas William Payton; her mother, Josephine Loughney Payton; and father, Thomas Patrick Payton.

She worked for 20 years in the Purchasing Department of the University of New Mexico, starting as a receptionist and achieving the level of Buyer II by the time she retired.

In her retirement, she travelled a great deal and spent much of her time for many years with her daughter in New York. She worked many many crossword puzzles which she loved and was very good at. She was also an avid lover of coffee and all things political. She was tenacious and tough, battling COPD for over two decades.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in her name to the at

A memorial celebration of her life will be held on Thursday, March 23, 2017, at 3pm, at the UNM Alumni Chapel, followed immediately by a rosary. Funeral services will be held on Friday, March 24, 2017, at 1pm, at The Church of the Risen Savior, 7701 Wyoming Blvd, NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87107.

Published in Albuquerque Journal on Mar. 19, 2017
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