Mary Katherine McCarthy, known as Mary Kay by friends and loved ones, peacefully ascended to heaven on September 23, 2019 in San Francisco. Mary Kay was a born in San Francisco on March 3, 1934, and spent most of her childhood in Berkeley, California. As a young adult, she attended Stanford University, earning both a bachelor’s and a graduate degree in education. Upon graduation, Mary Kay married William H. McCarthy. Together, she and Bill had eight children and eventually settled in Los Altos. Mary Kay became a cherished member of the community, contributing years of service to others. Mary Kay was the longest working member of the Assistance League of Santa Clara county where she chaired a program for blind children called TAGS (Take a Giant Step) and helped create an apartment complex for people recovering from serious illnesses at Stanford.
She also cooked and served meals for the Urban Ministry soup kitchen in Palo Alto, and regularly volunteered at her children’s schools. When she discovered that St. Nicholas elementary did not have any art program, she volunteered to teach kids art appreciation as well as pottery, drawing, and painting. Mary Kay was also a docent in the local schools from 1977 - 1986. She had a deep love of the arts, music, and travel. From 1990 to 2005, Mary Kay was as an art docent at the Legion of Honor and the de Young museum of fine arts and served as their treasurer from 2002 – 2005. For as long as her family could remember, Mary Kay enjoyed singing every Sunday in the St. Nicholas choir where she made many lasting friendships. She also volunteered as an accountant, at the Jesuit retreat house in Los Altos which was a place that was treasured by her father, George Irving Manning. Mary Kay was very close to both of her parents and felt fortunate that her mother, Mary Katherine Manning, moved to Los Altos to be close to her and her family after the death of her husband. There is simply too much to say about Mary Kay - beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt, friend, and community member. If you would like to pay your last respects to Mary Kay, please join us at one or all of our scheduled events: Thursday, October 3: Spangler Mortuary in Los Altos, 4:30 – 5:00 PM Open Casket Viewing. 5:00 – 5:30 PM Closed Casket Viewing. 5:30 PM Rosary. 6:30 PM Celebration of Life – venue TBD. Please contact Spangler Mortuary for further details. Friday, October 4: Saint Nicholas Church in Los Altos, 10 AM Mass. Reception lunch 11 AM – 1:30 PM. Procession to Holy Cross cemetery in Colma for a 2:30 PM burial. For more information please visit the following: https://everloved.com/life-of/mary-kay-mccarthy/