Mary Kate McDonough, beloved child of God, was welcomed into this world in 1961, by her loving parents, Nick and Carol Sue McDonough. She was born in Spokane, Washington, the second child in what would eventually become a family of six children.
This close knit family would move around the country with their father’s changing work assignments. With each announced move Mary took to heart her Dad’s positive axiom that she had plenty of friends in the new town; she just hadn’t met them yet! And Mary had many friends…Everywhere she went her sweet smile, warm and caring personality, and sense of humor attracted people to her. She was generous to a fault, giving whatever another needed if it was hers to give. When you were Mary’s friend, you had a friend for life. Her enthusiasm was contagious, whether it was planning a yard sale, a vacation, a party; or rallying the troops to surprise Mom with a clean house, or delighting visiting family and neighbors with a live theatre production. She was the driving force behind many amusing family memories.
As early as middle school she was volunteering at the local hospital (Grants Pass, OR) as a Candy Striper, doing what she could to bring comfort to those who needed it. In High School, she got a job in the hospital’s nutrition department (Duluth, MN) and kept it through her first year of college at UMD.
The Great NW was always calling her back, so she moved to Ontario, OR to live with her Grandma on the family farm and complete the LPN program. She worked for several years, part of that time on her cherished Oregon Coast, before relocating to Tempe to enroll in the nursing program and live close to her parents and siblings. Mary excelled, graduating with Honors from the ASU College of Nursing while working herself through school.
Mary’s passion for home healthcare led her to start her own business, Nightingale Homecare, in 1994. Winning over clients with a home baked pie and a smile, Mary grew her business to over 500 employees, and it is consistently ranked as a Top Women Owned Business by The Arizona Business Journal. Her hard work was motivated by her desire to provide loving, compassionate, top-notch professional care, while valuing the hard work of her healthcare professionals.
The priority that eclipsed all, was providing a loving home to her three dear children. Ian was adopted at age five, the same year that Mary started her business. Claire came to Mary in 2000, as a newborn. Just ten months later, Natalie joined the family at the age of one. Being their mother was her greatest joy, and certainly what she will miss the most in this life. Friends and family were blessed by Mary’s generous hospitality, as were the needy in her community that she dedicated time, talent, and treasure to serve.
Her tender, loving heart was often injured by a world at odds with her values, and her premature passing from this life has left her friends and family heartbroken. She is survived by: children, Ian (fiancé Cassie)Anderson, Natalie Glatt, and Claire Glatt; her father, Nick (Cherie) McDonough; her sisters Joni (Steve) Kwast, Elizabeth (Jeff) Thiede, Meg (Ed) Krikawa, Theresa (John) McKeegan; and brother Nicholas (Stephanie) McDonough; nephews and nieces Keegan and Lilliana Kwast, Jacob, Adam (Stephanie) and Thomas Thiede, Sean Krikawa, Connor (Maddie) Jack, Liam, Kevin, Brendan and Mary McKeegan; granddaughter Ayla Justice, along with great-nieces Caroline and Maeve McKeegan, and Nora Thiede. She is predeceased by her mother, Carol Sue McDonough.
A funeral Mass will be offered for Mary at her home parish on Thursday, July 29 at 10am, at St Mary’s Basilica 231 N 3rd Street, Phoenix, AZ. On-site reception to follow. Interment at a later date in Cottonwood, Idaho. In lieu of flowers, please donate generously to Andre House c/o Development, PO Box 2014 Phoenix, AZ 85001-2017