Obituary of Anne Theresa Morahan
Anne Morahan (McNamee) of Nanuet, New York passed away on November 10, 2020 at home surrounded by her family and close friends after a ferocious battle with cancer.
Anne was born on May 28th, in Longford, Ireland to Frank McNamee and MaryEllen McNamee (Campbell) who both predeceased her. She grew up with six siblings, three whom have passed. Sr. Mary Genevieve (Peggy), Patsy McEvoy and Sean. She has three adoring siblings, Rosaleen (Hurley), Veronica (Buggle) and Frank. She is also survived by her sister in laws, Anna McNamee (Mulleady) and Theresa McNamee (McKeon) and two brother in laws, Dick Buggle and Pat Hurley and one predeceased brother in law, Michael McEvoy.
Anne loved to care and nurture, and at 18 years old traveled to England to pursue her dream of becoming a nurse. She and her sister Veronica later followed their sister Rosaleen to America. There she met, fell in love, and married her husband of 53 years, Michael (Joe) Morahan. They started a family having Karen and Sheila, moved to Nanuet, New York, and added three more children, Joanne, Joseph and Colleen to complete their loving circle.
Anne would instill her vivacious sense of humor and laughter on anyone she encountered. She would often say “Either I like you… or I don’t” and will always be remembered for not letting you leave her without hearing “I love you more”. She was always up for the “craic” and won trophies for dancing with her husband, Joe. There were few Friday nights that she was not caught eating wings and pizza in the coveted “snug”. She did not miss a holiday or a birthday celebration, baseball, football, soccer, lacrosse, or basketball game; she was her children’s and grandchildren’s biggest supporter. Anne and Joe immersed their children and grandchildren in Irish culture, traveling far and wide to Irish dancing and music competitions where they would proudly support their children’s talents.
Anne loved to nurture all things and was especially was proud of her “green thumb”. Her love for spring and renewal could be found every year with the abundance of flowers flourishing around her home. She loved when the seedlings started to push up through the earth and take on a life, scent, and color of their own. Spring also heralded baseball season and she would be found eagerly watching her beloved Yankees at all hours of the night.
Anne generously dedicated herself and was happiest surrounded by all 10 of her grandchildren, Sean and Katie (21), Shannon (17), Michael (15), John-John (13), Shea (11), Owen (9), Finn (7), TJ (5), and Teagan (3). She was fondly known as the “baby whisperer”. Each grandchild will take with them their own special memories of her in word and touch, lucky to have her do her special “stroke” upon their heads; knowing just how unique and special they are to her.
The faith that Anne had for her Lord and the Church was unwavering. As an active parishioner of St. Anthony’s Church in Nanuet for over 50 years. She would lead her children and grandchildren into the Catholic faith. She waited to pass peacefully as her sister Rosaleen led family and friends praying the Rosary one last time.
Anne is also survived by her son in laws, John Miceli and Thean Traynor along with Brian Scanlon and all of her nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and friends far and wide.
Her favorite quote was “I shall pass this way but once, therefore any good that I can do, or any kindness that I can show…let me do it now, for I shall not pass this way again”. No truer words could encompass how Anne lived her life and how everyone who met her will remember her.
Anne Morahan’s celebration of life will be held at Sorce Funeral Home 34 North Summit Street Pearl River, New York, from 3:00-8:00 on Friday the 13th of November and a Catholic Mass and burial will be held at St Anthony’s Parish church in Nanuet at 11:30 am on November 14th, Saturday morning.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to United Hospice of Rockland County, whose professionalism and care along with her loving husband Joe and devoted son Joseph, transitioned her with dignity and unwavering love.