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    Maureen Elise McGann, 1954-2019

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    Maureen passed away peacefully at Canyonlands Care Center on April 13, 2019 after a 10-month battle with brain cancer. Family meant everything to Maureen so it was fitting she was surrounded by her children, sisters, brothers, nieces, and her best friend.

    Maureen was the fifth of 13 children born to James and Marilyn McGann on July 13, 1954 in Hammond, Indiana. Her dad was thrilled when Maureen was born; she was his first daughter! Marilyn and James raised nine handsome boys and four beautiful daughters. To say the least, Maureen grew up in a loving, noisy, fun-filled home.

    She raised one daughter and two sons. Maureen was thrilled to become a grandma and she considered her grandchildren her greatest blessings.

    Reading was her passion. She spent hours at the library hunting for the next novels to enjoy. She was a competitive player of the games Upwards and Scrabble, especially with her sisters. She was the family historian; when anyone had a question about the family they contacted Maureen.

    She was happiest when surrounded by her family telling funny stories about growing up in a huge family.

    Her parents, James and Marilyn McGann, preceded Maureen in death, as did her brother, John McGann, and sister, Annaclare Joslyn.

    She is survived by her children, Tara Pfaff (Derek); Ryan Randolph (Claire) and Rory Randolph (Karen); her grandchildren, Zakary, and D.J. Pfaff and Royce and Zella Randolph. Her brothers, Tim, Kevin, Pat, Mike, Jim, Terry, Bill and Matt McGann; her sisters, Katy Bloomfield and Kara Jarman; her best friend, Bob Phillips, as well as many nieces and nephews who lovingly referred to her as Aunt ReRe.

    Maureen had a fierce love and loyalty towards her family. She was a beautiful, gentle soul. Her love filled us all with joy and she will be greatly missed.

    Good Night and God Bless You
    May Your Guardian Angels Guide and Protect You
    May the Lord Always Keep You in the Palm of his Hand

    – Maureen Elise McGann

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