Our loving sister Mary Ellen (Lou) went to her eternal reward April 16, 2018. She leaves behind siblings Kathy, Loretta and Daniel; many dear friends; and thousands of former students whose lives she touched through a lifetime of teaching.
Born in Evanston, Illinois, she grew up in Phoenix and was a graduate of ASU. She enjoyed gardening, design, and playing cards, but her life-long loves were education and travel. After retiring from the Washington school district, she combined her two loves by accepting a librarian position at an elementary school in Izmir, Turkey. On weekends you could find her on the ferry to Italy or on the train to the Grand Bazar. Sister Loretta was her favorite travel companion as they toured the world from Argentina to the Greek Islands.
She is preceded in death by parents John and Cecilia Cavanagh, and older brother John Lawrence Cavanagh. There will be a graveside service on Saturday, May 5, at 10:00 AM at Green Acres Cemetery, 401 North Hayden Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85257.Print Obituary & Condolences