After a long and blessed life, Margaret O’Hara, 99, died peacefully in Oakland on Holy Thursday, April 1. An Oakland native and longtime Alameda resident, Marge was born on Aug. 11, 1921, to Patrick and Gertrude Murphy.
An only child, she was a proud alum of St. Anthony’s Elementary School and St. Elizabeth’s High School, where she developed lifelong friendships. Upon graduation, she worked for the telephone company.
In 1947 she met Jim O’Hara, the love of her life, at a St. Patrick’s Day dance at the Oakland City Club. They were married the following year and after living in Oakland and Santa Rosa, they settled into their home of 60 years in Alameda.
Marge’s life was centered around her Catholic faith, her family, and her friends. She was a devoted daughter, a beloved wife, a cherished mother, a treasured grandma, a loving aunt and Godmother, and a dear friend to many.
She is pre-deceased by her loving husband of 40 years, Jim, and their infant daughter, Carol.
She is survived by daughters Patty O’Hara of South Bend, Indiana, Maureen O’Hara of Menlo Park, Kerry O’Hara Plain of Alameda and grandson Jimmy Plain of Alameda.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated tomorrow, Friday, April 23, at 11 a.m. at St. Philip Neri’s Catholic Church, 3100 Van Buren St., Alameda. Per COVID regulations, the church will allow 25% capacity. Registration is recommended and masks will be required.
Donations in Marge’s name can be made to St. Joseph’s Notre Dame High School, 1011 Chestnut St., Alameda, CA 94501 or St. Vincent de Paul Dining Room, 675 23rd St., Oakland, CA 94612.
And until we meet again, Mom and Dad, may God hold you in the palm of His hand.