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Rita Louise McNally

April 25, 1929January 8, 2019

Rita McNally, 89, of Chandler, AZ, passed away on 01/08/2019. She was born to Mary and Maximillian Harberth in Pittsburgh, PA on 04/25/1929. She married Francis McNally on 02/21/1952 and the couple had nine children together.

As a widow, she worked while raising her family and attended Allegheny County Community College earning an Associate Degree in Nursing. She enjoyed a career in nursing for many years working in the Labor and Delivery Department at Ohio Valley General Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA. Rita had a life-long fondness for animals, a trait that lives on in all her children.

She was preceded in death by her spouse, Francis, and sons, Michael and Daniel. She is survived by sons Patrick and Philip, daughters Ruth, Mary (Tom Iracki) and Julia (Justin Herman), Kathleen Robertson (Gregory), and Margaret Jarvis; daughter-in-law Cindy McNally; grandchildren Lee Jarvis and Ashley Barrett (William); and great-grandchildren Charlotte, Wyatt and Walker. Rita will be deeply missed by her family that loved her, and all of those who knew her. Per Rita’s request, there will be no services. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to Comprehensive Hospice & Palliative Care (CHPC, 2111 E. Highland Ave, Suite B425, Phoenix, AZ 85016).


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Margaret Jarvis

January 19, 2019

Mom will be remembered and missed so much. She was the strongest, most determined person I've known. Over the years, when we'd say, Mom, how did you ever do it? Raising all of us alone, going to school? She'd say, You were good kids; you really were. Always humble, never taking credit for her many accomplishments and shrugging off praise with a little smile. She tried to help others whenever possible. Years ago, when she was so busy, she delivered Meals on Wheels after coming home from working the night shift, in between studying and getting a few hours sleep. How she managed, I'll never know. She was an amazing, wonderful mother. She taught us to be independent and to go after what we wanted. Most of us branched out across the country, and I believe that was hardest for her, not being nearby to rock her grand babies to sleep or to attend all the everyday little occasions we take for granted. Mom was also a compassionate, loving nurse, who rocked and comforted more babies in the night than I can imagine. She touched the lives of so many.

SaVanne Kilgore

January 14, 2019

Rita was truly a lady and inspiration to those of us that knew her in Hurley. Her time with us here was short but she has left us with the sweetest memories.

She was so supportive of the Hurley Pride and would bring us sodas when she'd see us hanging Christmas lights along First Street. We'd look forward to that. She'd send cookies to our meetings and that effort was so inspiring. She always had a smile and something nice, positive and encouraging to say. Always braging on her family and content with life.

I remember her giving me two little pillows, that I have still. She took such pride in what she did and gave with true love.

My sympathies to her family. Kate, you were an amazing daughter! Her family was her life!

She'll be remembered with love and gratitude for the time she shared with us! God Bless all of you! SaVanne & Rex Kilgore, Hurley