Sister Una McMahon
1929 – 2021
Born: 16th September 1929
Entered Religious Life: 9th November 1953
Died: 2nd July 2021
Welcome given by Sr Michelle Hetherington at Sr Una’s Funeral Mass
Good morning and welcome to the Mass of Resurrection for Sr. Una.
On behalf of the Religious Sisters of Charity, I would like to welcome her sister Joan and her family, friends and the Sisters who are joining our celebration via Zoom. After our celebration here we invite you to join us in Caritas to continue our remembrance of Una.
We thank Una’s caregivers, the staffs at Mission Hospice and St John of God, who took such great care of her.
This is a time to celebrate the life of Una. She grew up in Dublin, Ireland and came to California in 1959 where she spent most of her life in education either as a junior high teacher or as principal.
She was an avid swimmer but was very modest about her achievements. Una would hate me to tell you but in 1953, she was the most successful ladies completive swimmer in Ireland. She loved living by the ocean and we would go to the beach and she would sit, her face turned to the sun, breathing in the fresh ocean air, allowing the wind the wash over her. She always found contentment there.
Una also loved to read and listen to classical music and opera. She was always looking for a good book, but in later years when she was no longer able to read, she would listen to classical music and the songs of Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy. Her favorite songs were “Rosemarie, I love you” and “Only You”. She would want me to sing them for her but I am no soprano but I would mimic them. She would reprimand me with a smile and “Oh stop that and be gone”.
She was a lady of deep faith whose generosity and influence will not easily be forgotten.
She is gone from us now but she will live on in our hearts and minds. Her life here on earth has ended but her life in heaven has just begun.