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Mary Catherine (Walsh) O'Halloran

1926 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Mary Catherine (Walsh) O'Halloran Obituary
MARY CATHERINE (WALSH) O'HALLORAN May 11, 1926 to Aug 24, 2016 Our dear mother, Mary Catherine O'Halloran, departed this world following a gradual decline in health. She was born to Leo and Alice Walsh in Kansas City, Kansas and grew up there in a neighborhood populated by many relatives. She was the eldest child, with brothers Leo and Patrick, and the only niece of her father's 11 brothers. She clearly had been loved as a child, and passed on this love to all she met in her life. Her family's community was Irish and her pride in her heritage never ended. She studied nursing at St. Louis University and became a registered nurse. She met her future husband, Vincent Joseph Michael O'Halloran, at the health clinic at St. Louis University when he brought a friend in for treatment. They married in 1952 and moved west to Riverside, CA. Mom had eight children: Michael, Margaret, Mark, Matthew, Mary Pat, Daniel, John and Anne. After her children began attending school, she returned to nursing, working in private practices and hospitals. Ever interested in her own development, in the early 1970s she returned to school and obtained a Nurse-Practitioner credential. She went on to provide health care to women throughout Riverside County's many prenatal and family planning clinics. Her co-workers relished the fact that she was the mother of eight children. Mom loved her family, Jonathan Winters, Riverside's public swimming pools, and the color purple. Her yoga practice spanned decades; she loved going to class. She was very well read. She kept her family fed and happy on a very modest budget. One of her favorite communities was the congregation of Catholics worshipping with the Servite monks at the seminary at Benedict's Castle. She took her family on spring and summer camping trips throughout the West and Baja California, cooking for more than ten on a single Coleman camp stove. Mom encouraged independence and responsibility. She thoughtfully exercised her authority over her children, allowing them to adventure, explore and grow. She never demanded acknowledgement of her sacrifices for her family; she was thrilled by the achievements of her children and the regular gatherings we had. She is survived by 13 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. She taught by example that being positive and optimistic was important and effective. Material wealth was never a focus or topic of discussion. Rather, social issues were common dinner discussion topics. She was a highly moral, independent, and socially concerned person happy with a modest life style and rich social and intellectual life. She had the highest respect for the sciences and to that end donated her body to the Loma Linda University School of Medicine's Willed Body Program Preceding her in death were her son John Dennis O'Halloran, her husband Vincent Joseph Michael O'Halloran and her brothers. Donations in her honor to Planned Parenthood or the Janet Goeske Foundation or the Riverside City College Foundation would please her. A memorial service will be held during the Thanksgiving weekend in Riverside. For information, please contact [email protected]

Published in Press-Enterprise from Oct. 1 to Oct. 7, 2016
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