In memory of
Mary Elizabeth "Mary Beth" Cahill
October 24, 1945 - November 26, 2019. Mary Elizabeth Cahill (Mary Beth), age 74, died peacefully on November 26 in her home following a lengthy, courageous battle with PSP. Mary Beth was born on October 24, 1945 to W. Burke and Georgianna (Annie) Cahill in Keokuk, Iowa. She is preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her sister, Sr. Linda Ann Cahill, D.C. of Daly City, CA, her brother William Cahill (wife, Sharon) of Moraga, CA, nephew Burke Cahill (wife, Stacy) of Shingle Springs, CA and niece Maureen Cahill Newman (husband, Kyle) of Portland, OR and great nieces Logan Cahill, Quinn Newman and Riley Newman and great-nephew William Burke Cahill IV (Liam). Mary Beth attended Saint Vincent's Elementary School and graduated from Cardinal Stritch High School in 1964. She received her Bachelor's degree from Webster University in St. Louis, MO in 1968, Master of Education, Loyola University, 1983 and Master in Counseling, Loyola University, 1986. In the early 1970s, Mary Beth studied at the Daughters of Charity Marillac School in St. Louis, MO. Mary Beth moved to Metairie, LA in the mid-1970s where she began a lengthy and rewarding career in Education. For 36 years at St. Louis King of France, she served as teacher, counselor and Vice Principal; and at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, she was a teacher and counselor for 10 years before retiring. Mary Beth engaged with students both in and outside the classroom and was an inspiration to many. Most important in her life were her family and friends, service to community and kindness to everyone she met. Everyone who knew her experienced her compassion and generosity of spirit. Mary Beth was blessed to have had many lasting friendships, which she cherished. Among the many are Mary Ann Maher, Dot LeBlanc, Bridget Spanja and adopted niece Cathy Maher Griffiths. The family greatly appreciates the loving care and comfort given to Mary Beth from Dot and Bridget, her private caregivers and those from Dependable In Home Care. Notre Dame Hospice was invaluable in their ability to bring comfort and dignity to Mary Beth. Mary Beth loved and was loved by many. She will be greatly missed but never forgotten. A Mass will be held on Saturday, December 14, 2019 at St. Edward the Confessor Church at 4921 W Metairie Avenue, Metairie, LA. Visitation from 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM and Mass begins at 11:00 AM. Memorial donations can be made to the charity of your choice.
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