Betty McMahon (1928 – 2018)— wife, mother, grandmother and longtime Racine, Wisconsin resident, passed away peacefully on October 1, at Bay Harbor Assisted Living, LLC in Mount Pleasant. We are very grateful to the staff at Bay Harbor and Grace Hospice for the loving care and attention to grace and dignity my mother received. As she would always say, “Life is good!,” demonstrating her positive attitude and feisty zeal for life, even after nine decades.
Betty was born on June 27, 1928 in Bellaire, Ohio to Thomas John Murphy and Kathryn Margaret (Hoffman) Murphy. After Thomas died of pneumonia in 1935, Mrs. Murphy kept her six children together and moved to the Hoffman homestead in Martin’s Ferry, Ohio where Betty graduated from St. John’s High School in 1946. In October 1952, Betty married the love of her life, John Eugene “Jack” McMahon of Bellaire. Jack was the former Worldwide Director of Management Development for SC Johnson in Racine, Wisconsin.
Betty always took pride in the success of her family, raised seven children, managed the McMahon household, and throughout the years volunteered at St. Patrick as eucharistic minister and bookkeeper.
Betty was preceded in death by her loving husband, John Eugene “Jack” McMahon, her son, John Patrick McMahon, her parents, Thomas and Kathryn Murphy and five siblings — Virginia Cooper, Rose Claire Sharpe, Thomas Murphy, Mary Lou Murphy and Kathryn Ann Risdon. She is survived by six children — Kathleen (Thomas Henninger) McMahon, Robert (Anna) McMahon, Terence McMahon, Timothy McMahon, Mary Kate (Thomas) Conlin and Kevin (Julia) McMahon — and ten grandchildren — Sean Conlin, Catherine (J.R.) Toler, Molly Conlin, Shane Conlin, John McMahon, Meara Henninger-McMahon, Joseph McMahon, Michael McMahon, Peter McMahon, and Lauren McMahon.
A Mass of Christian Burial in celebration of Betty’s life will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, October 5, at St. Richard of Chichester Parish. Visitation will be held an hour prior at 10 a.m. in the church.
Memorial donations in memory of Betty McMahon may be made to St. Patrick Parish.