January 26, 1929 - December 8, 2014
Margaret Louise Monaghan, nee Brennan
Age 85 passed away on December 8th, 2014 after a brief illness. She was a recent resident of Dallas, Texas and a long-time resident of Dodge City and Medicine Lodge, Kansas. Margaret was born on January 26th, 1929 in East St. Louis, Illinois, the youngest daughter of Thomas and Rosalie Brennan. She attended Rosati-Kain High School in St. Louis before earning her nursing degree from St. Joseph’s Hospital School of Nursing, a program of Avila College, Kansas City, Missouri. She later attended Wichita State University for her Nurse Clinician certification and Pittsburg State University where she earned an additional degree in Education.
She was married to Charles Robert (Bob) Monaghan of Raytown, Missouri, for 56 years before he preceded her in death in December 2008. Margaret pursued a life-long career in nursing and later health careers education for high school students. She was a devoted mother to seven children, a loving partner for Bob and a passionate and accomplished nurse and educator. She was a friend and mentor to numerous students in the health professions and her commitment to clinical care and clinical knowledge was an inspiration to many.
She also enjoyed numerous activities, yet is best known for her passion for knitting. She was involved in a multitude of organizations such as the Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW, Kansas Nurses Association, and Caps for Kids. Margaret was an avid sports fan and was most passionate about Jayhawk basketball.
She is preceded to heaven by her husband Bob, her parents and her sisters Patricia Brennan and Mary Roger Brennan. She is loved and remembered by her seven children, their spouses and partners, eleven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She will be missed by her friends and extended family members.
A private family service has been held in Dallas and a memorial service will be held in June 2015 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Medicine Lodge, Kansas. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the charity of your choice or directed to the Public Library in Medicine Lodge, Kansas.
Arrangements are under the direction of
ARIA Cremation Service and Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road
Dallas, Texas 75252
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