Nancy Lawrence O’Mahony, a resident of The Ridgewood at Shenango Valley, died June 10, 2014, from complications of a long-term respiratory condition. She was 91.
She was born Jan. 6, 1923, to George W. and Margaret Allen Lawrence in Mercer, Pennsylvania.
She lived in Fredonia for the first nine years of her life, until her family moved to Mercer in 1932.
After graduating from Mercer High School in 1940, she entered a five-year nursing program sponsored by Saint Luke’s Hospital School of Nursing in Cleveland and Allegheny College in Meadville. This program was an effort to help relieve the shortage of registered nurses, many of whom were serving in the armed services during World War II.
She missed her graduation exercises from both the hospital and Allegheny College because her last service was in pediatrics at Cook County Hospital in Chicago, and she came down with chicken pox.
She passed her state board nursing exam and began teaching in C.H. Buhl Hospital (now the hospital of Sharon Regional Health System) School of Nursing in September 1945.
On Feb. 9, 1946, Nancy married the love of her life, Michael Richard “Dick” O’Mahony, who had just been discharged from the Amphibious Engineers after his service to our country in World War II, which included action in the D-Day invasion on June 6, 1944 (for which he received the Purple Heart) and the Battle of the Bulge. They were married in the rectory of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Sharon by the Rev. Paul Obenrader.
Prior to the birth of their first child, Nancy retired from her teaching position and did not return to the field of nursing for 18 years. During her time at home, she and her husband were active in raising their five children, who were involved in Brownies, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, and church, school and community activities.
In 1967, Nancy wrote the program for educating practical nurses in Mercer County. She became an instructor for a few months and then became the program coordinator until 1980, when she retired from the field of nursing for a second and final time.
Upon her husband’s retirement in 1982, they began to spend the winter months in Florida, where they learned modern western square dancing, an activity which they then enjoyed year-round. Nancy always felt they were blessed to have 16 wonderful years in retirement.
Following her husband’s death in 1998, Nancy became a volunteer for Hospice, the Shenango Valley Senior Center, and the Prince of Peace Center to remain active. She always enjoyed helping others.
In addition to her beloved husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; a younger brother, William “Billy” Lawrence (in 1935); and a son-in-law, John O. Plummer Jr. (in 2002).
As her legacy, she is survived by her five loving children, Margie Miller and her husband Bob, Hermitage; George Richard “Rick” O’Mahony and his wife Susan, Murrysville, Pa.; Lynn Plummer Trestrail and her husband Jim, Grand Rapids, Mich.; Kim Hofstetter and her husband Gary; and Lori Rudert and her husband Evan, all Erie; 12 grandchildren, Carrie (Tom) Fontaine, Jennifer (Chris) Thomas, Amy (Doug) Orzolek, Michael O’Mahony, Patrick (Jen) O’Mahony, Rich (Danielle) Plummer, Kate (Rob) DeBoer, Jonathan Hofstetter (LeighAnn Musser), Sarah Hofstetter, Elizabeth (Kevin) Johnson, Erin Rudert (Paul Lowe Jr.) and Nicholas (Nicole) Rudert; and 12 great-grandchildren, Lily Fontaine, Michael Fontaine, Mackenzie Thomas, Megan Orzolek, Ben Orzolek, John O. Plummer III, Luke Plummer, Stone Richards, Morgan Rudert, Matthew Rudert, Sam DeBoer and Olivia DeBoer.
Memorial gifts may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children, Erie-Radiology Fund, 1645 West Eighth Street, Erie, PA 16505; or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Her family would like to express their thanks to the staff of the Ridgewood, as well as to all of her friends with whom she resided these past three years.
Mrs. Michael Richard “Dick” (Nancy Lawrence), 91, of Hermitage.
Calling hours: 5 to 8 p.m. Friday (6-27-14) and 9:30 a.m. to time of service Saturday (6-28-14) in CUNNINGHAM FUNERAL HOME, 144 S. Pitt St., Mercer.
Service: Funeral service at 10 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home with the Rev. James Reardon, friend of the family, officiating.
Burial: Mercer Citizens Cemetery, Mercer.