OBITUARY

Helen Catherine O'Grady Mahn

March 2, 1921June 3, 2019
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Helen Catherine O’Grady Mahn passed peacefully on June 3, surrounded by her family, at Alexian Village, Signal Mountain, where she received excellent care and spiritual support. The family extend appreciation to the Alexian Brothers Live at Home program, whose caregivers helped her maintain an active quality of life and to Hospice of Chattanooga. She was born in Stamford, Connecticut, March 2, 1921, the first child of her parents, who were Irish immigrants. Mrs. Mahn was married 63 years to the late William Francis Mahn (“Pappy”). She was employed at the U.S. Treasury in Washington, D.C., during World War II. Throughout her life, Helen was actively involved in the lives of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, while being engaged in civic and social associations, including the Chattanooga Area Women’s Bowling League, the Ladies of Charity, and the Marimont Garden Club. The Mahn’s son, Robert (“Bobby”), had severe challenges. Inspired by his special needs, Mrs. Mahn networked with area families to create the internationally acclaimed Orange Grove Center, where she served as a member of the board of directors, and later as a receptionist welcoming OGC staff and visitors. The Mahns then assisted in founding the Tennessee Parent-Guardian Association. They met with Tennessee Governors to advocate successfully for the reform of care for persons with physical and mental challenges. They had seven children, including the late William F., Jr. (Kay and Doris), Michael Joseph (Elaine), the late Robert Emil, the late Patrick Dennis, Kathleen Ellen, Edward James (Jane), and Gloria Colleen Culpepper (Charles). Pappy and Nanny have 12 grandchildren, including Kathryn Christine Faires (Kurt), Kelly Cordell Dibrell (Scott), Michelle Marie, Paul Scott, Patrick O’Grady, Erin Colleen, William F., III, Jana Michelle, Hannah Cailin and Charles Griffin Culpepper, John Norman, and Charlotte Adeline. They have 6 great-grandchildren, including Samantha and Thomas Sell, Eli, Nicholas, and Lucy Dibrell, Wilson and Sam Hagen, Paul Mahn, and Luke Smith. Helen was a longtime member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church. Her children and many grandchildren were members, and attended the OLPH School, where she was active in many endeavors and ministries. The family will receive visitors at the Chattanooga East Chapel, 404 South Moore Road, East Ridge, June 5, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The Rev. Michael Nolan will be celebrant at a Requiem Mass, with Pastor James Vick, at the OLPH Church, 501 South Moore Road, East Ridge, to be held at 11:00 a.m., June 6. She will be interred at the Mount Olivet Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in her memory to the Orange Grove Center of Chattanooga (615 Derby Street, Chattanooga, TN 37404 https://orangegrovecenter.org). Arrangements are under the care of Chattanooga Funeral Home Crematory and Florist East Chapel, 404 South Moore Rd. East Ridge, TN 37412. Please share your thoughts and memories at www.ChattanoogaEastChapel.com

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, June 5, 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, June 6, 2019

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Bill Hartley

June 6, 2019

Louise & Bob Vare

June 5, 2019

There are so many wonderful memories that I have of Aunt Helen - from the 'Mahn clan' visiting us all in CT (in their VW bus - such an amazing vehicle!) to our time all together at the Lake in NH to our visits to TN and their visits to FL. Her wonderful meals when we would visit - both as I was growing up and, later, with my own family - (her Tomato Pie was the last food my mom asked for before she passed away). She was always welcoming and gracious, but mostly we will remember all the love and, especially, all the laughter whenever she was around!! I cherished our phone calls as I was raising my children and would often think "how did Aunt Helen do it with 7?!!" There are no words to describe how much she will be missed - our last relative from the "Greatest Generation." She was an incredible lady ~ strong, resilient, loving and compassionate. We pray for our cousins as they walk through this difficult time - rejoicing in their mom's "birthday" into Heaven but living without her here on Earth.

Debbie Hartley

June 5, 2019

You had an infectious continuous smile. Being around you was always a ray of sunshine, and you made others laugh.

Family: peace be with you.

Love
Debbie H

Susan Tadle

June 4, 2019

I met Ms. Mahn, at Alexian, while caring for another resident. She was a very precious and sweet woman. Several times, we laughed at her colorful sock choices. Praying for Gods comfort and peace.

Charlie & Terry Twardy

June 4, 2019

"TOUCH AND GO"

In my mind, I can't help but see the dashing Lt. William Mahn, bringing "Smokey Stover" back to earth for one fantastic last mission. "TOUCH" down one last time, to pick up the love of his life, and "GO"!!!

You are loved and missed. Prayers are on board for all.

Charlie & Terry




Jane Hartley

June 4, 2019

Aunt Helen, you were full of fun. You were such a joy to be around.
You will be missed very much.
To my cousins, God be with you.

Ellen Kwader-Murphy

June 4, 2019

God speed, Aunt Helen!! Your lively and loving spirit will truly be missed!!! We love you!!!

Steve Christison

June 4, 2019

A truly loving, wonderful, and delightful woman. I have too many memories to mention, but loved spending time with her, and enjoying her tremendous humor. She will be missed immensely, but now joins many of her friends and family.

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