It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and dear friend to many, on Wednesday, April 8, 2020.  She was certainly a feisty, fun-loving, life of the party type person, always welcoming others into her circle of friends. She turned 96 in March of this year and luckily, we were able to celebrate her birthday as a family before the pandemic prevented us from being together.  It seems so ironic that the very social lady she was, always organizing a family/friend get-together, that she should pass away during this strict social distancing period.  Daughter of  Myrtle and Harold Boddy, she was born on the farm in Baltimore, Ontario in March,1924, the eldest of four sisters, Dorothy (Elliott), Audrey (Todd), Doreen (Northey) and one brother, Gord (Jackie).  The family moved to Oshawa in the late nineteen-twenties and lived on Jarvis and Albert Sts.  Just before WWII she met Vincent McGahey and they were married in 1944.  During their 43 years of marriage, they raised four children, Howard (Lynne Richards), Warren (Hazel Harrison), Stuart, (passed away at 36) (Beth Driscoll), and Diane (Bruce Kindree).  Pre-deceased by her husband Vincent, 69, she is survived by her children, daughter-in-law Beth (Karl Neubauer), grandchildren Alison, Laura, Nicholas, Jessica, Douglas, Lauren and Madison, great-grandchildren Natalie, Tyler, Lucas, Zoey, Lincoln, Oliver and Vincent, step-grandchildren Gillian, Brodie and Ashley and step-great-grandchildren Oliver, Jamie, Lennon, Meredith and Sebastian and many nieces, nephews and cousins.  She held many jobs starting during WWII, working at Pedlar People, Oshawa, making munitions and later, was caregiver to at least 21 children over the years, as well as working at Malcolm Adam Jewellers in downtown Oshawa.  She loved to watch the Blue Jays, knit and enjoyed the regular Friday night get-togethers of family and friends with a “nip” or two of Forty Creek.  Always a good sport, she enjoyed dressing up in one of her many costumes – a favourite being a turn of the century one-piece black bathing suit passed down from the generation before her and a red cowboy hat!  But her favourite pastime was knitting blankets and baby outfits for babies and babies to come, and literally hundreds of pairs of warm winter mittens.  The family would like to thank the St. Elizabeth PSWs  Sandra and Anna, her nurses, Drs. Kapusta and Brankston for their many years of care and her hairdresser Shiona Dale for giving mom that weekly morale boost.  Many cherished memories and family keepsakes!  For any wishing to leave online condolences, go to and for memorial donations, please consider the Children’s Wish Foundation, Sunnybrook Hospital or the Canadian Cancer Society which can be made through McINTOSH-ANDERSON-KELLAM FUNERAL HOME LTD., 152 King St. E., Oshawa (905-433-5558).  Thank you all for your love, support and prayers!

She will be dearly missed and never forgotten.


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  • Apr 16, 2020

    Donna McILquham Cooper
    My sincere condolences toMuriel’s extended family on her passing. I worked with Muriel when I was in my teen’s at Malcolm Adam’s Jewellers. When I saw her picture today I recognized her immediately although it has been over 40 years since I saw her. She was always laughing at the store and always had a story to tell which she liked to do while she made sure I was doing the dusting! I remember Muriel because of her exuberance for life and for her family! You were very blessed to have her with you for so many years! God bless! 
  • Apr 16, 2020

    Crystal Groves
    Our deepest sympathies to all of you. I have great memories of your Mom and even a picture of her in the famous bathing suit in our living room during a hilarious girls' night! You have many good memories of a wonderful funny and kind lady.
    Much love to all.
    Crystal and Don
  • Apr 17, 2020

    Dave & Nancy Anderson
    Our condolences to the McGahey family. We met Muriel and Vince through our old friends Gord & Jackie Boddy in the early 70’s. We had many fun times in those days and we have never forgotten Muriel. The first time you
    meet her you feel like you’ve known her all your life, a very pleasant and kind person.
                                                                                               Sincerely and with Sympathy,
                                                                                                Dave & Nancy Anderson
  • Apr 17, 2020

    Jane (Manning) Black
    So sorry to hear of Muriel's passing.She and Vin were great family friends of my parents.We share many fond memories. Muriel was my Mom's maid of honour. I remember so many happy gatherings at the house on Grierson.    She was a kind,happy person. Fiesty for sure.                             
    My sympathies to all the family.You have lost a very special lady who always had a zest for life.
  • Apr 17, 2020

    Barbara (McComb) Leal
    My deepest sympathies to the family on Muriel's passing. She and Vin were great friends of my parents. They shared many stories over the years. A very funny lady, you have many great memories. 
  • Apr 17, 2020

    Eileen & Alex Bull
    Diane, Bruce & Family, Our deepest sympathy on the loss of your mother. We have fond memories of the many times we spent visiting your home. Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time.
    Eileen & Alex
  • Apr 27, 2020

    Tom Ricica
    I went to College with Nick and when I saw this, I just wanted to express my sympathy to him and his family. So sorry for your loss. 
  • May 7, 2020

    Mary and Don Halcomb
    Hazel and Warren, sorry to hear of the loss of your mother in law/mother. It certainly sounds like she had a fulfilling life.I’m sure you will cherish all those fond memories and please pass on our condolences to Laura.May she Rest In Peace!

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