|Birth: ||May 18, 1918|
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA
|Death: ||Mar. 7, 2013|
Ventura County Star
March 12 to March 15, 2013
Margaret McDermott (1918 - 2013)
Margaret McDermott passed away in her home surrounded by family on Thursday, March 7, 2013. She was 94.
Margaret was born on born May 18, 1918, in New York City. Her father was Michael Walsh. She lived with her father and two sisters, Molly and Linda until the age five. At that time, her father sent Margaret and her two sisters to live in Tubbercurry (the second largest city) in County Sligo, Ireland, to live with her aunt, Belinda, on the family farm. She cherished her time and experiences in Ireland but her father restricted her from Gaelic lessons, he did not want the girls to come back with an accent. Curiosity would get the best of them. Margaret and her sisters would occasionally sneak into classes or sit outside to see if they could eavesdrop on some of the lessons. It was not until much later did Margaret learn that her father supported the entire town financially during one of their hardest economic times. He was one of the key reasons they were able to survive.
At age 17, Margaret and her two sisters returned to New York City to live with her their father. The three sisters meet three Irish guys from New York City, but Margaret had already met a nice service man named, Tommy.
Tommy asked Margaret's father if they could be wed in Washington D.C. with other service couples. He refused Tommy permission because he wanted all of his daughters to get married in the Catholic Church. She played by" the rules" so she did what her dad wanted her to do.
She then moved to West Los Angeles to be near her two sisters, they had relocated to the west coast. Every Friday night she would get on a bus with a bag of groceries and deliver them to her sister, Molly, living in Griffith Park in military housing. She would then transfer to another bus to Panorama City to spend the rest of the weekend with her other sister, Linda.
Margaret, while proven to be respectful and obedient, did get her way on many occasions. One of those occasions was as a bank employee. She forced her boss to give her sister, Molly, a loan on their first house and as well as the down payment for a VA loan. She did threaten her boss that she would quit if she didn't get her way. Margaret did get her way.
To repay Margaret for facilitating the loan on the house, her sister, Molly, tricked her into a blind date with an Irish gentleman by the name of Arthur McDermott, one of the three Irish men she had met in New York 10 years prior. Arthur was not going to let her get away this time, he proposed six months later.
Soon after they married, Arthur picked out a nice house they could afford in Santa Monica with the money she had saved and was given by her father. Not wanting to rock the boat she went along to see the house but admitted that she didn't want to live in that area, she wanted to be closer to her sisters. They drove around and found a tract home in Van Nuys. The salesman knew Arthur from a business connection, bumped another deposit off the house they bought on 7917 Varna Avenue. They lived there until 1978. They had four children, Helene, Maureen, Michael and Harry.
They then moved to Thousand Oaks. Margaret would say that the green hills reminded her of Ireland. They loved the city and were very happy to move from Los Angeles County. Margaret's greatest source of comfort was her faith in the Catholic Church. She received great joy from her immediate family, grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She enjoyed drives along the beach.
She was preceded in death by her daughter, Maureen; and her husband, Arthur McDermott. She is survived by her daughter, Helene McDermott; sons, Michael and Harry (Dannelle) McDermott; her grandchildren, Joshua (Kirsten), Tyler and Holly; her many loving nieces and nephews, Pat, Bob, Kerry and Kevin Courtney, Dennis Reid, Madeline Morandini and Noel Siart.
Assisting the family with Funeral Arrangements is the Perez Family Funeral Home located at 1347 Del Norte Road, Camarillo, Calif. 93010. Tel: 983-3457.
Services will be held on Wednesday, March 13, 2013, at St Julie Billiart Church, 2475 Borchard Road Newbury Park, Calif. 91320. Vigil will be held at 10 a.m. followed by the funeral Mass at 11 a.m. Burial will be held at Conejo Mountain Memorial Park in Camarillo.
Conejo Mountain Memorial Park
Created by: Mary Bryan
Record added: Mar 13, 2013
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