Laurel Sue Mahaney, 64, passed away on July 9 after battling a reoccurrence of lymphoma for several months. She is preceded in death by her father, Dean “Shorty” Mahaney and survived by her mother, June Mahaney of Oakdale. Laurel leaves behind her daughter, Kira Earhart (Oden) and son-in-law, Nathan Earhart, and two beloved grandchildren, Reilly and Ryder, all of Waterford. She is also survived by her sister, Phyllis Mahaney of Oakdale, brother and sister-in-law, Richard and Betsy Mahaney of Modesto, and sister, Gail Arnold of Knoxville, TN, in addition to her nieces and nephews whom she loved dearly, Scott and Lacy Feichter, Jill Mahaney, Leah Arnold, Ricky Mahaney, and Jared and Rachel Ronngren, as well as many family members and friends.
Retiring from Stanislaus County in 2009, Laurel worked as a social worker for twenty-nine years. She resided in Oakdale for most of her life before following her dream of moving to Reno, NV after retirement. An avid sports fan, she loved to root for the San Francisco Giants and San Francisco 49ers. She enjoyed traveling, reading, art and culture and, most of all, spoiling her dog, Darla. Known for generosity and kindness, Laurel will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.
A memorial service will be held in her honor on August 7th at 1 p.m. at Sierra Foothills Community Church, 1040 W. ‘F’ St., Oakdale. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that remembrances be made in Laurel’s name to UCSF Hematology, P.O. Box 0248, San Francisco, CA 94104 or to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society – www.donate.lls.org.
The Oakdale (Calif.) Leader
Aug. 5, 2015