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In the midst of death...

Thursday, September 12, 2013

...there is life... abundant, grace-filled and joyous.

Today, this woman's obituary has inspired me beyond words. Perhaps it will lift your day, and spirit, too.

This woman: Mary A. Mullaney... the white-haired beauty in the middle

...her friends called her Pink!

If you're about to throw away an old pair of pantyhose, stop. Consider: Mary Agnes Mullaney (you probably knew her as "Pink") who entered eternal life on Sunday, September 1, 2013.

Her spirit is carried on by her six children, 17 grandchildren, three surviving siblings in New "Joisey", and an extended family of relations and friends from every walk of life.

We were blessed to learn many valuable lessons from Pink during her 85 years, among them:

Never throw away old pantyhose. Use the old ones to tie gutters, child-proof cabinets, tie toilet flappers, or hang Christmas ornaments.

Also: If a possum takes up residence in your shed, grab a barbecue brush to coax him out. If he doesn't leave, brush him for twenty minutes and let him stay.

Let a dog (or two or three) share your bed. Say the rosary while you walk them.

Go to church with a chicken sandwich in your purse. Cry at the consecration, every time. Allow the homeless to keep warm in your car while you are at Mass. Give the chicken sandwich to your homeless friend after mass.

When you learn someone's name, share their patron saint's story, and their feast day, so they can celebrate.

Invite new friends to Thanksgiving dinner. If they are from another country and you have trouble understanding them, learn to "listen with an accent."

Never say mean things about anybody; they are "poor souls to pray for."

Put picky-eating children in the box at the bottom of the laundry chute, tell them they are hungry lions in a cage, and feed them veggies through the slats.

Correspond with the imprisoned and have lunch with the cognitively challenged.

Do the Jumble every morning.

Keep the car keys under the front seat so they don't get lost.

Make the car dance by lightly tapping the brakes to the beat of songs on the radio.

Offer rides to people carrying a big load or caught in the rain or summer heat.

Believe the hitchhiker you pick up who says he is a landscaper and his name is "Peat Moss."

Help anyone struggling to get their kids into a car or shopping cart or across a parking lot.

Give to every charity that asks. Choose to believe the best about what they do with your money, no matter what your children say they discovered online.

Take magazines you've already read to your doctors' office for others to enjoy. Do not tear off the mailing label, "Because if someone wants to contact me, that would be nice."

In her lifetime, Pink made contact time after time. Those who've taken her lessons to heart will continue to ensure that a cold drink will be left for the overheated garbage collector and mail carrier, every baby will be kissed, every nursing home resident will be visited, the hungry will have a sandwich, the guest will have a warm bed and soft nightlight, and the encroaching possum will know the soothing sensation of a barbecue brush upon its back.

Above all, Pink wrote - to everyone, about everything. You may read this and recall a letter from her that touched your heart, tickled your funny bone, or maybe made you say "huh?"

She is survived by her children and grandchildren whose photos she would share with prospective friends in the checkout line: Tim (wife Janice, children Timmy, Joey, T.J., Miki and Danny); Kevin (wife Kathy, children Kacey, Ryan, Jordan and Kevin); Jerry (wife Gita, children Nisha and Cathan); MaryAnne; Peter (wife Maria Jose, children Rodrigo and Paulo); and Meg (husband David Vartanian, children Peter, Lily, Jerry and Blase); siblings Anne, Helen, and Robert; and many in-laws, nieces, nephews, friends and family too numerous to list but not forgotten.

Pink is reunited with her husband and favorite dance and political debate partner, Dr. Gerald L. Mullaney, and is predeceased by six siblings.

Friends (and strangers she would love to have met) can visit with Pink's family at the Feerick Funeral Home on Thursday, September 5, from 3 until 7 PM with prayer service at 6:45 PM.

Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Monica's Catholic Church in Whitefish Bay on Friday, September 6, at 3 PM. Dress comfortably with a splash of pink if you have it.

In Pink's memory donations may be made to Dominican High School, 120 E. Silver Spring Dr., Whitefish Bay, WI 53217, or Saint Monica Parish, 160 E. Silver Spring Dr., Whitefish Bay, WI 53217, or any charity that seeks to spread the Good News of Pink's friend, Jesus.

Dear SPARKlings, may today and every day bring to you a ridiculous abundance of whatever you need. May you find peace within and all around you. May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith and desire... a desire which even itself issues from God. May all your concerns, struggles, anxieties and fears fall like ashes as you rise on eagle's wings, SOARING above all that would hinder you along this tremendous adventure of being and becoming all you are created to be. May you answer your call and use those gifts that you have received to pass on the love that has been given to you. May the presence of God settle into your bones and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love beyond your wildest imagination. May you be overwhelmed by the grace of God as it simply "overtakes" you moment by moment... rather than being overwhelmed by the cares of life!

{{{{{{{{{ HUGS }}}}}}}}}


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
IMREITE 9/15/2013 1:08AM

    She sounds like an amazing person - loving and a was great sign of grace in our world. if only more of us could follow examples like that.

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NORWOODGIRL 9/13/2013 10:10PM

    What a wonderful woman!

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GRAMMACATHY 9/13/2013 2:52PM

    Pink is my new hero. Thank you for sharing.

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CJBAGGINS 9/13/2013 12:20AM

    I'm with RITZIBROWN - I'm gonna wear pink tomorrow in her honour!

Thanks for sharing that, Ramona.


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LJCANNON 9/12/2013 7:49PM

    emoticon I know she was greeted at the Pearly Gates with "Well Done, Good and Faithful Servant" What a blessing it would have been to have gotten to know her and share her Journey on this Earth!!

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BRENJET 9/12/2013 7:02PM

    Oh thank you so much for sharing such a lovely story!!! What a beautiful soul--we have so much to learn from sweet sweet Pink!


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CRAFTSFAN1 9/12/2013 5:05PM

    What a such a loving person.

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ANDYLIN90 9/12/2013 4:41PM

    Wow, what a legacy she left and what motivation to live a more giving life.

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NEW-CAZ 9/12/2013 3:39PM

    Amazing, thank you!

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ERIN1957 9/12/2013 1:46PM

    What a wonderful blessing you shared here today, wonderful!
Thank You!

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RITZIBROWN 9/12/2013 1:30PM

    emoticon Thank you for the introduction to Pink; I just put on a t-shirt with a splash of pink and said a prayer of gratitude For the wonderful people that cross my path every day.

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