A Legacy of Reaching Out
One of a dozen children born to Irish immigrants,Margaret Hurley spent her life making friends, caring for others and enjoying the best of life. When she passed away at age 102,Margaret ensured her legacy would live on with a $250,000 gift in support of Bishop Drumm Retirement Center. "I never heard her say a bad word about anyone," says longtime friend Darlene Scott. "She didn't have a selfish bone in her body."
Margaret was born outside Farrar, Iowa, in 1907. Her family was devoutly Catholic, fostering Margaret's desire to reach out to others. Nursing was natural for Margaret, and after graduating from Mercy College, she worked as a registered nurse until moving back home to care for her mother.
Shortly after her mother passed away, she married her husband, Bill.While the couple never had children, they doted on their nieces and nephews and were active in their church. Bill passed away in the late 1970s, and after years of living on her own,Margaret moved to Bishop Drumm Retirement Center's assisted-living facility,Martina Place.
Just as she did in her hometown,Margaret stood out there. "She walked the halls every day to visit with all the people," Darlene says. "That is just how Margaret was. She looked out for others."
And she paid special attention to those who missed out on one of the many special activities for residents.
"When she won prizes at bingo, she would leave them at the doors of those who weren't feeling well enough to go," says Kevin Heisler, another longtime friend. "That was her way—always reaching out to others."
She also remained connected to Mercy College by attending alumni gatherings and maintaining a collection of nursing keepsakes, including various pins and her diploma.
Fittingly, even in her passing, Margaret's generosity will continue to impact others for years to come.