Lillian D. McCarthy
Lillian D. McCarthy Lillian D. McCarthy passed away on October 13, 2016, in Issaquah WA. She was predeceased by her husband C.J. on December 15, 2014. Lillian was also predeceased by her parents, John and Sinclair Darragh, and by her four brothers: John, Francis, Richard, and Kenneth Darragh. Lillian and C.J. are survived by son Charlie (Luana), and their daughters Megan and Kristin; by daughter Liz (Scott) Tidyman, and their son Carson. Other survivors include many nieces, nephews, and close friends to whom Lillian was a trusted friend, teacher, listener, and maternal figure. Lillian was born in Hawthorne, New Jersey. Her unique interest and aptitude for piano were evident from the time she was five years old, and she had piano lessons from an early age. Lillian was graduated from Benedictine Academy in nearby Paterson, and from Georgian Court College (now University) in Lakewood, NJ. She was valedictorian of her high school and college classes. She was a music major, with piano as her first instrument, harp as her second instrument, and music education as the focus of her studies. Following graduation from college, Lillian was a high school music teacher, and also the organist at a Catholic parish. In 1955, Lillian married C.J. McCarthy and moved to Massachusetts. Lillian and C.J. had met in 1946 when Lillian served as maid of honor, and C.J. served as best man, at a wedding. During World War II, the bride at that wedding had been Lillian's college roommate, and the groom had been C.J.'s roommate and fellow U.S. Navy blimp pilot. Upon that first meeting in 1946, Lillian and C.J. felt they had met "the one," and love endured through the years during which C.J. attended college on the G.I. Bill, and began a business career that would enable him to support a wife and family. For 46 years they resided in Longmeadow, MA. In addition to raising her family, Lillian was active in the community, including service as President of the Carew Hill Girls Club, in Springfield, MA. Lillian and C.J. relocated to Issaquah, WA, in 2006. Arrangements are entrusted to Flintoft's Funeral Home and Crematory (425) 392-6444. Friends and family are invited to view photos and share memories in an online guest book at FLINTOFTS.com . Lillian supported local food banks wherever she lived, and she requested that in lieu of flowers, friends and family might make donations to their local food banks, or to the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank (425) 392-4123, https://www.issaquahfoodbank.org .
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