Marjorie McCarthy was strong in faith, dedicated to others

Saturday, May 25, 2013 | 5:40 p.m. CDT; updated 8:58 p.m. CDT, Saturday, May 25, 2013

COLUMBIA — Marjorie McCarthy lived a life dedicated to serving people around her.

Mrs. McCarthy worked for many years as a nurse in Chicago, Iowa and at Noyes Hospital in Columbia. She later worked as a nurse at Mid-Missouri Mental Health and for Columbia doctor John Tinsley.

Mrs. McCarthy died Thursday, May 2, 2013, in Lutz, Fla. She was 100.

Her daughter-in-law, Patricia McCarthy, described her as being dedicated to others, especially to her family.

"She was the perfect mother and mother-in-law," McCarthy said. "Never meddling and so loving."

McCarthy also described her mother-in-law as a woman of strong Christian faith. The daughter of a minister, Mrs. McCarthy had been active in her church from a young age, playing the piano at revivals. McCarthy recalled how, even as she got older, Mrs. McCarthy always remembered the lyrics to church music.

"She didn't pick up the hymnal; she knew them all by heart," McCarthy said. "She was quite the Christian, rock solid in her faith."

Mrs. McCarthy married her husband, John Patrick McCarthy, on May 5, 1945. They had three children, Katherine Wallace, John Patrick McCarthy Jr. and Charles Michael McCarthy. Mrs. McCarthy and her husband lived on Fredora Avenue in Columbia for more than 40 years.

Mr. McCarthy, a World War II veteran and a former MU education professor, died in 2010 at his home in Florida, where he and Mrs. McCarthy had lived since 2007.

Mrs. McCarthy is survived by her brother, Jim Leming, her sister, Ada Halligan, her three children, eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren, with one more great-grandchild expected. 

Her parents, Charles and Viola Leming, and her brother, Paul Leming, died earlier.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m.  on June 1 at Memorial Park Cemetery, 1217 Business Loop 70 W.

Supervising editor is Katie Moritz.

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