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Cook-Walden/Forest Oaks Funeral Home and Memorial Park

6300 West William Cannon Drive, Austin, TX

OBITUARY

Margaret Esther Macora

April 20, 1930February 12, 2020
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Margaret Esther Macora, age 89 of Austin, Texas, passed away on February 12, 2020. She was born to the late Michael and Catherine McCarthy in Bantry, Ireland.

Esther attended nursing school in London, England where she earned her Registered Nursing license and then later practiced her nursing career in Ireland, Boston, Miami and California, where she met her late husband, Stanley Edward Macora, Jr. Esther embraced the adventure of being the wife of an Air Force pilot, which led them to be stationed in England, Germany and many US cities, including Austin, Texas, where they remained after Stan’s retirement in 1980. They also resided in her hometown of Bantry while Stan served in the Vietnam War.

While she was dedicated full time to raising her family, she loved her nursing career and continued in various healthcare positions until she retired in 1985 due to health reasons. She acquired a bachelor’s degree at St. Edward’s University with a specialization in Gerontology.

A loving wife, mother, grandmother, aunt and friend, Esther never knew a stranger. She loved her Catholic faith and would share it with everyone she met. She had a strong devotion to the Eucharist and attended daily Mass at various parishes around Austin. She has been a member of St. Catherine of Siena Parish since its founding. Esther volunteered her time in many Parish services including Religious Education, food pantry, etc. but the majority of her effort was spent with the Legion of Mary, which she joined at the age of 12 years old.

Esther is survived by her children and their spouses, Fr. Athanasius Macora, OFM of Jerusalem, Michael and wife Alisa Macora of The Woodlands, TX, Catherine Macora of Houston, TX, Mary and husband Anthony Birozes of Suwanee, GA, Stanley I. Macora of Larchmont, New York; her grandchildren Christopher Birozes, Mary Macora, Catherine Ann Birozes, Matthew Macora, Michael Birozes, Gregory Macora, Theresa Macora, Anthony P. Birozes, Madeliene Macora, Maria Birozes, Luke Macora, and Peter Birozes. She is also survived by her brother, Conor McCarthy and wife Ruth of Dublin, Ireland; and 32 nieces and nephews, and many grand nieces and nephews; her sisters-in-law, Mary McCarthy and Ruth Macora and husband Eddie Howard; and brothers-in-law, David Macora and Paddy Ahern; as well as a host of other family and friends.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, with Recitation of Holy Rosary at 7:00 pm on Sunday, February 16, 2020 at Cook-Walden/Forest Oaks Funeral Home. Funeral Mass will be 10:00 am on Monday, February 17, 2020 at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church in Austin, Texas, with private interment to take place at Houston National Cemetery.

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, February 16, 2020
  • Recitation of Holy Rosary Sunday, February 16, 2020
  • Funeral Service Monday, February 17, 2020

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Margaret Esther Macora

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Mary Lyons

February 17, 2020

My deepest condolences to the family I had the honor to meet Ester at Premier Lady fitness she was a friendly lady with a pretty smile on her face.I like her from the moment I met her I knew we were going to be good friends,we had lots of good times n laughs at the gym, we had great workouts she did thread mill n also in the pool we talked n laugh n time went by fast n also pray together in the pool that was my favorite when we prayed ,l love my little sweet Ester that's what I called her i love her so much May she Rest In Peace will never forget you❤️🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼N sweet Catherine blessed you for being such a good daughter ❤️❤️♥️❤️🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼

Susan Hinnell

February 16, 2020

Our Dearest Auntie Esther, who will always be remembered for her huge heart and loving ways. It is a joy to have had a sweet Aunt who's hearty laughter filled the house in Parade Field along with Uncle Stan. How we remember the excitement of your return to the emerald Isle, from Texas for those happy summer holidays.
Love you dearly, Teresa, Alan and Susan Hinnell.

Heidi (Macora) Paluk

February 16, 2020

Dear Macora family:
Please accept my deepest condolences on the passing of Auntie Esther. She was truly blessed to have such wonderful family especially those who cared for her. May she rest in eternal peace and may all of you be comforted by memories. My blessings to all of you.

Love
Heidi (Macora) Paluk

Robyn Yalian

February 15, 2020

To all my cousins and their families - I am thinking of you. The pictures and your memories I hope will get you through this difficult time. Auntie Esther- you were certainly blessed to have such wonderful, caring children who took such great care of you. May you rest in peace and say hi to Uncle for me. I love you!! Robyn

Mary Mulligan

February 15, 2020

Auntie, we will miss your special warm laugh, you warmth and your deep deep faith. I'm going to have a pan of sausages for you tonight! Enjoy the party up there, and see you on the flip side Auntie...your loving niece Mary (O'Donovan, the Shamrock)

Susan O'Donovan

February 15, 2020

Loved spending time with you in Austin - rest in peace Auntie Esther , xxxx

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