Muriel M. McDermott

By From page A4 | September 05, 2013

McDermott, Muriel

March 9, 1926 — Sept. 3, 2013

Muriel M. McDermott, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and sister passed away peacefully in her home Sept. 3, 2013. Born in Springfield, Mass., in 1926 she had dreams of becoming a stewardess and traveling the world.

Instead, she fell crazy in love with Frank McDermott in Providence, R.I. They were married in 1947 and headed west. They had nine children before settling in Davis in 1972. They loved living and raising a family in Davis. Muriel would say that her family was her greatest accomplishment. The dedication and devotion to her family was the fabric of her life. Muriel’s quick sense of humor and playful manner always made for good times. Her children will most miss her feisty spirit and dancing blue eyes.

After the kids were raised she worked at the UC Davis Veterinary Medicine Student Services for almost nine years. She loved working with students and helping them navigate their way through the program. Finally out of the house with a job that she loved, she was torn when her husband asked her to retire so they could finally fulfill her dream to travel the world. Travel they did, for the next 15 years.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Frank, who passed in 2001, her son Patrick Frances and grandson Patrick Ian. She is survived by daughters Susan Walgenbach, Geri McDermott, Therese Cantrell, Kathy Klenzendorf and Joan McDermot-Duke; sons Timothy McDermott, Fran McDermott and Robert McDermott;  12 grandchildren; five great grandchildren; sister Eleanor Doss; and brother Wilfred Mullaney, who will all dearly miss her.

A rosary will be recited at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at St. James Catholic Church, 1275 B St. in Davis. Funeral Mass beginning at 11 a.m. Friday, also at St. James. A reception will follow at the Veterans’ Memorial Center, 203 E 14th St., from noon to  2 p.m.  In lieu of flowers, please make a memorial donation to Yolo Hospice or to your favorite charity.

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