Salem — Patricia A. McMahon, 58, of Salem, Mass., passed away on Friday, January 3, 2014, from complications related to a long illness.
Born and raised in Beverly, Mass., she was the daughter of the late John J. Jr. and Constance A. (McNeil) McMahon.
Pat was a very spiritual person, who never gave up and remained positive despite suffering from multiple health issues. Her spirituality took her on a journey of embracing a number of healing practices from a variety of ancient and modern cultural realms. Pat’s favorite charity was St. Joseph’s Indian school – a Catholic school where Lakota Children in South Dakota are provided with basic welfare (food, clothing and medical care), with special emphasis on their spiritual, emotional and educational development, while respecting their culture and heritage. This charity speaks to both Pat’s upbringing in Catholicism, her interest in Native American spirituality and her return, in what she called a “full circle” to the Catholic Church.
While Pat believed in the power of healing and maintained a philosophy of non-violence. She was a stubborn champion of the underdog, and was known to stand up for and not back down from what she believed was right. She also understood the importance of family and friends, and appreciated the simple pleasures of life such as good food and conversation.
Pat was a 1973 graduate of Beverly High School and studied at North Shore Community College and Salem State University. Most of her career was spent in a variety of administrative roles in the healthcare industry, with the most recent being at Beverly Hospital.
A loving sister, great aunt and good friend, Pat is survived by one brother, James McMahon and his wife, Kathleen, of Dunstable, Mass.; and five sisters, Jeanne Bourne and her husband, Paul, of Peabody, Mass., Jan Tosi and her husband, Larry, of Beverly, Mass., Connie Mills and her husband, Fran, of Byfield, Mass., Liz deVillafranca and her husband, Chip, of Harvard, Mass., and Joyce McMahon of Beverly. She also leaves eight nieces and nephews; six great-nieces and great-nephews; as well as two very close friends, Cindy Bubrouski and Pauline Butler.