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Obituary of Mary Lavery Cavanagh
Mary L. Cavanagh (Age 100)
Mary Lavery Cavanagh of Falls Church passed away peacefully on May 13, 2023. She was born on March 24, 1923 in Brooklyn, New York, daughter of the late George Lavery and Elizabeth Fitzgerald Lavery.
Mary was predeceased by her husband, Dr. Michael J. Cavanagh, and her sister, Estelle Lavery. She is survived by her three sons, Michael (Marie), William (Lauren) and Edward (Ann), and four grandchildren.
Mary grew up in Brooklyn. She married Mike in 1945 and they lived in Brooklyn and in Wichita Falls, Texas during his service in the Air Force. Then, the family moved to Rockland County, New York, where they resided for 50 years. In 2005, Mary moved to Goodwin House Baileys Crossroads in Falls Church where she lived until her death.
She graduated from College of New Rochelle, and received a masters degree in education from NYU. She was an elementary school teacher for several years, and then later taught education at St. Thomas Aquinas College in Sparkill, NY.
Mary and Mike particularly enjoyed travel around the world. Their many trips often included groups of friends and relatives.
She will be buried in St. Anthony’s Catholic Church Cemetery in Nanuet, NY, alongside her husband.
The family would like to express deep gratitude for the extraordinary care she received at Goodwin House.
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