April 8, 1929 ~ December 8, 2017
Elizabeth Connollly McCarthy 04/18/1929 – 12/08/2017. The hospice nurse said that he had the pleasure to know the feisty woman. That was Mom to a T!! She was one of 8 children, loved her family and was loyal. She would shoot from the hip, never took crap, and would brush it off to help whenever needed. My reply to the nurse was that Mom was the captain of hers and our lives. It’s hard to step aside at the helm. She raised 3 children alone, plus 5 foster. Many of my friends remember my mom at the corner of our school, crossing all the children. Frozen boots, snow on her uniform hat, but always there, even in subzero weather. I remember pulling off her heavy police coat that would weigh more than her, but she was very proud of her job and loved being around people. She was awarded for her work with meals on wheels. She was a master fundraiser and great salesman. Small achievement for one hell of a kind heart. Most people couldn’t refuse the pushy woman that would sell school candy, for her children and later, her grandchildren. I know my family will have plenty of stories that we will tell about mom. My brother and I told a couple last night that had us laughing in tears. Mom was never dull; I will miss her beating me at cards. Last time I beat her, I resorted to giving her a root beer that had alcohol. God called her to be with her family members that she missed dearly.