Maurita Leahy

Funeral services and a Mass of Christian Burial for Maurita J. Leahy, 81, a resident of Davenport, will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 1, 2017, at Holy Family Catholic Church, 1923 N. Fillmore Street, Davenport. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Davenport.  Halligan McCabe DeVries Funeral Home in Davenport is in charge of arrangements.

Maurita passed away on Aug. 28, 2017 at home.

Maurita Joan Murray was born on May 6, 1936 in Storm Lake, a daughter of Wilfred Clare and Mary (Kestel) Murray.  She graduated from Briar Cliff College with a degree in nursing and earned her BSN (Bachelor Science of Nursing) from St. Ambrose College.

Maurita was united in marriage to George John Leahy, Jr. on July 16, 1960 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Storm Lake.  After 53 years of marriage together, George preceded her in death on Dec. 12, 2013.

Maurita maintained her nursing license for most of her adult life. After her children moved away, she volunteered throughout our community and served as a school nurse at Holy Family School. She was a longtime member of Holy Family Parish and the Genesis West Auxiliary.

Maurita was known for the smile on her face and an easy laugh with a giving spirit.  She was an avid sports fan, especially enjoying the World Champion Chicago Cubs and games at Assumption High School.  Maurita also enjoyed attending her local grandchildren’s activities. She had a great social network and community of friends, and enjoyed keeping tabs of the ongoing events and people in her community.

Memorials may be made to the Humility of Mary Shelter or Birthright.

Maurita is survived by her children and their spouses: Joe (Julie) Leahy, St. Joseph, Mich.; Anne (Tim) Malecek, Marion; Stephen Leahy (Yuh Ling Wen), Hong Kong; Edward (Mindy) Leahy, Eldridge; and Kathleen (Jesse) Allison, Davenport; 10 grandchildren: Ryan Leahy and Chris Leahy; Alisha (Brandon) Dvorak; Megan Malecek and Jared Malecek; Paul Leahy and Kraig Leahy; Jessica Vernon, Jon Vernon and Jamie Allison; siblings: Paul (Martha) Murray, Alta; Rev. Gene Murray, Marcus; and sisters-in-law, Jane Murray, Sioux Falls, S.D. and Maryetta Masterson, Austin, Texas.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and siblings, Mary “Kiddo” (Ed) Motz, Joe (Lila) Murray, Kathleen “Dolly” (Bernard “Cody”) McKenna, Bill Murray D.D.S., Raymond (Donna) Murray, and Rev. Ed Murray. May they rest in peace.