Maureen “Mo” Connolly
Maureen was born Jan. 10, 1943 in Rockville Centre, N.Y. and left this world at 6:55 a.m. on a rainy morning; Feb. 26, 2023.She was 80 years old.
Maureen left New York in 1968 and never looked back. She arrived in Takilma, Oregon in December of that year she knew she had found her forever home in Southern Oregon.
Maureen worked as an ICU nurse for 28 years, most spent at Providence hospital in Medford.
Maureen loved all things Italian and was actively involved with Medford’s Sister City program, she hosted exchange students and enjoyed visiting Medford’s sister city, Alba Italy many times. Over the years Italy became like a second home to her and her loss is felt by her many friends there.
After retirement Mo was a very active community volunteer, participating in many community events and projects. She was a cornerstone in the creation of the skate park in Cave Junction, something she was very proud of. There wasn’t a community need that Mo wasn’t willing to lend a hand to help with.
To Maureen, her community was like family; they will miss her dearly. In addition to community service she loved organic gardening, Italian cooking and crafting of all kinds, she gifted her creations to many of us and I know they will now be cherished mementos.
Maureen left us in the early morning on February 26, 2023 after a short battle with cancer.
She is survived by her daughters, Cathy Scott (Richard) and Susan Connolly; her son Arley Tree; grandchildren, Elliott Scott (Kelsey), Aaron Lorentzen (Charlene), Daisy Eden Tree and Django Tree; and great- grandchildren, Piper and Tate Scott. Many, many more knew her as Grandma Mo and will be grieving along with us as family.
She was honored at a living “Celebration of Life” in November where she was able to “be remembered” while she could still enjoy it; as she wished there will be no funeral service.
A private viewing for family and friends was held March 3 at Hull & Hull funeral home in Cave junction.
Her children are grateful for the outpouring of love and support from everyone. She was very much loved and she will be sorely missed.
Maureen “Mo” Connolly