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Mary Ellen Cavanagh

Posted By Jackie Andrews On April 28, 2018 @ 3:47 pm In Obituaries | 17 Comments

In Memorial

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.

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Condolence from Judi Griffin Timms XCP ’66 on April 30th, 2018 12:35 am

My prayers are with the Cavanaugh family in their loss. I attended Xavier College Prep with Lou. She will be greatly missed by all the wonderful women in our class. As i live in Omaha, I cannot be there for her, but she will be in my thought and prayers.

Condolence from Mary Hagenmaier on April 30th, 2018 6:02 am

I am so sorry to hear about the recent passing of Maryellen. She was a dear soul and will greatly be missed. Mary Hagenmaier

Condolence from Karyn S Laitis on April 30th, 2018 11:07 am

My prayers and thoughts are with those Mary Ellen leaves behind. We attended X.H.S. together and I remember her infectious laugh and smile. She’s a special soul and I’m grateful she was a part of my life. She will be remembered with joy.

Condolence from Kim Haus on April 30th, 2018 12:37 pm

My thoughts and prayers are with the love ones Lou leaves behind. I will always be grateful to Lou for giving me the opportunity to teach at Acacia. She was part of the interview committee that hired me 23 years ago. As a new teacher, Lou was very supportive and a great role model. Lou’s laugh and excitement for education was contagious. I recently saw Lou when she subbed for a teammate.

Condolence from Cathy Juhl Lance on April 30th, 2018 12:53 pm

Mary Ellen was a special and sweet lady. Went to Xavier with her and have many fond memories of our times together. My what an adventurous lady. Sounds like a fantastic life Although have not seen much of her over the years I will miss her. She is a loss to all who had the privilege of knowing her and being the recipients of her love and caring.
Miss you dear friend. I know you are in Gods arms.

Condolence from Victoria Crossman Kristy on April 30th, 2018 3:37 pm

I am saddened to hear of Lou’s passing. I remember her fun-loving, adventurous spirit at Xavier. So sad

Condolence from Tessie on April 30th, 2018 4:16 pm

Dearest Mary Ellen,

You left us too soon. God bless you, you lived your life with gusto and all the children who were graced by your tutoring.

Rest In Peace

Tessie Miller-Ruby (1966 fellow Xavier Grad)

Condolence from Cecilia and Mike Kelly on May 2nd, 2018 8:12 am

Lou was an amazing woman and had a remarkable life. Will never forget her sunny smiles, gracious personality, and wonderful laugh. She will be missed by many but will live on in our memories. Thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Condolence from Sherrie-Lynn Dogurga on June 7th, 2018 8:41 am

Sending warm thoughts to the friends and family of our beloved Lou… We are one of the many families touched by Lou’s extended teaching service in Turkey. Joyful lessons were her hallmark and Lou’s laughter warmed school halls and our hearts. Our lives and love of learning are stronger for having known her.

Condolence from Berna Gökengin (former school doctor of Izmir SEV Elementary School) on June 7th, 2018 12:57 pm

I am so sorry to hear that Lou passed away. I will always remember her with her positive attitude, her dedicated and hardwork, her big, warm smile. I am sending my love from Izmir, Turkey to all the family. May she rest in peace.

Condolence from Oya on June 7th, 2018 1:50 pm

I am truly sorry to hear about your loss. Lou was a great woman and she will be truly missed by the SEV students ,teachers and everyone who knew her. She always had a big smile and a wonderful laugh! She will always be remembered. May she rest in peace. My thoughts and prayers are with her family.
-Oya Borovali

Condolence from Berna Arıcan Giustino on June 7th, 2018 2:19 pm

Başınız sağ olsun, yıldızlar yoldaşı olsun.

Condolence from Jennie on June 7th, 2018 2:44 pm

I worked with Lou in Izmir and was on many of those ferry rides to Greece and train rides to the bazar with her. She returned to Turkey for my wedding and was such a shining light every day. She is deeply missed and grieved.

Condolence from Sedef Ozyigit( İzmir SEV Middle School Principal) on June 7th, 2018 11:10 pm

I am truly sorry to hear about your loss. I worked with Lou in İzmir at SEV and have shared great memories. I hope she rests in peace. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Condolence from Yesim Uzum on June 9th, 2018 12:59 am

Always in my heart. SEV Izmir English teacher

Condolence from Peter Coles on December 8th, 2018 12:56 pm

I am deeply shocked and saddened to learn of Lou’s passing. We were colleagues in Izmir and spent many happy times together. She was a wonderful human being – bright, gregarious and loving. She lived a life full of fun and adventure. I am sorry we never got to say goodbye…Dear Lou, you will be greatly missed.

Condolence from Mary Ellen Cavanagh on January 22nd, 2019 2:17 pm

My sincerest condolences to the family of “Lou”. I did not know her, but from this obituary and the notes left here, she sounds like an amazing person.

I know this is not the place for this, but it was the only way I could find to contact her family. As you can see, we share the same exact name. I have been contacted by several people regarding your sister’s property here in AZ, so please respond here with the best way to reach out.

Thank you. Again, my apologies for your loss, and for this tactless method of contacting you.

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