Mary <I>Cunnane Ward</I> O'Hara

Mary Cunnane Ward O'Hara

County Galway, Ireland
Death 13 Aug 1898
Maryland, USA
Burial Baltimore, Baltimore City, Maryland, USA
Plot Section E., lot 20
Memorial ID 100060417 · View Source
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Her death notice lists her from the parrish of Kilcrone/Kilerone (hard to read), County Galway. She had left Ireland over 60 years before her death.
Sunpapers, Aug 17, 1898:
Immense Crowd At The Funeral Of Mrs. Mary O’Hara In South Baltimore
The funeral of a remarkable old lady took place from St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Church, South Baltimore, yesterday, and the services drew the greatest throng of mourners since Rev. Peter McCoy was buried. Mrs. Mary O’Hara, aged seventy-five years, had lived at 12 East West Street for over forty years and had resided within the bounds of the parish over half a century. Every morning, as regularly as it came, Mrs. O’Hara went at 6 o’clock to attend mass at St. Mary’s Church, and she often was present at services on inclement winter mornings when few others cared to venture on the streets. Mrs. O’Hara was loved by all. The children on West St. and along Light and Charles streets, in the neighborhood of her home, greeted her as “Grandma.”
Many years ago Mrs. O’Hara, according to her custom, on St. Patrick’s Day, hung out the green and gold flag of Ireland beside the Stars and Stripes. Some one came along, threw a brick through the window and called on the old lady to take down the flag or he would set the house on fire. Mrs. O’Hara refused to take down the flag and it floated until the day was done. That night some of the neighbors heard of the affair and their indignation nearly resulted in a riot. Since then the old lady always decorated the front of her house on St. Patrick’s Day, and hung out a green silk banner, which she made herself. Her favorite occupation was making patch quilts, and among her belongings at the time of her death were twenty-eight of these, which are excellent specimens of needle work. Nobody was surprised yesterday morning when there was not room in St. Mary’s Church to accommodate half of those who came to the funeral. Rev. J.T. Whelan, who sang the requiem mass, paid a beautiful tribute to the faith and good works of the deceased, and the full choir of St. Mary’s Church, under Professor Wehage, sang a specially prepared programme. Mrs. Thomas J. Keating sang “Raise Me Jesus to Thy Soul,” with fine effect as the remains were being removed. The coffin was laden with wreaths from friends and admirers. Internment was made at Bonnie Brae. The pallbearers were James O’Hara, Edward Kelly, John Powers, James McKenna, Frank Hayden and Michael Corcoran. Over a hundred carriages and vehicles were in line. Undertaker Daniel Flynn had charge of the arrangements. The deceased leaves four children, sixteen grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Her maiden name was Mary Cunnane. She came here from Galway, Ireland, over sixty years ago.

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 100060417
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Mary Cunnane Ward O'Hara (unknown–13 Aug 1898), Find A Grave Memorial no. 100060417, citing New Cathedral Cemetery, Baltimore, Baltimore City, Maryland, USA ; Maintained by Dan Phelan (contributor 47709857) .