Life Story for Fay J. Mahoney (Delph)
Fay Jeanette Mahoney was born November 20, 1917 to Otis and Elsie Delph in Malinta, OH. She was the fifth of five children and spent her entire childhood in Malinta. She graduated from high school in Malinta where she and her sister Mary were stars on a championship girls basketball team.
Following high school, Jenny (as she was known then) studied for two years at Bowling Green University and received her teaching degree. She started her teaching career in a one room school house in Ohio where she had 34 students in grades 1 through 8.
In 1944 she enlisted in the United States Navy and served two years in the WAVES as a links trainer in Pensacola, FL. She was discharged December 10, 1945. Following her discharge from the Navy, she headed to California with a girlfriend.
It was in California where she met Jim Mahoney, recently discharged from the United States Marines having served in the South Pacific during the war. They married in Minnesota on June 12 of 1947. They stayed in Minnesota for four years where their first two children were born, Ann in 1949 and Joan in 1951.
From MN they headed to Georgia where Jim enrolled and completed his degree at Georgia Tech. While they were there they added two more children, Peter in 1952 and Fay in 1953. From there they traveled to Ohio, first settling in Bryan where Mary was born then on to Montpelier where Kathy (1957) and Nancy (1959) were born.
In 1964 they moved to Twinsburg, Ohio. First living on Old Mill Road and then to Sunview Drive. Fay returned to her teaching career once all of her children were in school and taught for fourteen years at Ledgeview Elementary in Macedonia. Fay continued on Sunview Dr for several years after Jim died in 2002 but eventually moved to Summit Point in Macedonia. She ultimately required nursing care and resided at Altenheim Care Center in Strongsville for for the last few years.
Fay was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, James Mahoney. She is survived by her seven children, eighteen grandchildren, and seventeen great-grandchildren: Ann Fox and her children Sara (Dale) Edwards and Greg Fox; Joan (Desmond-deceased) Teague and her children Kyle (Erin) Teague and Thomas Teague; Peter (Debbie) Mahoney and their children Patrick (Cathy) Mahoney, Emily (Jaimeet) Aneja, and KoriBeth (Grant) Jasper; Fay Bachmann and her children Brian (Meg) Bachmann, Jake (Sarah) Bachmann, Fay Bachmann, and Kevin (Angie) Bachmann; Mary (Mark) Cianchetti and their children John (Chasity) Cianchetti and Matthew (Whitney) Cianchetti; Kathy (Mark) Dillehay and their children Kelsey (Nate) Mckillip, Caitlin (Kyle) McCallum, and Lucas Dillehay; Nancy (Mark) McNelis and their children Amy McNelis and John McNelis. Her seventeen great-grandchildren are Annabel and James Edwards, Teddy Teague, Addison, Collin, and Evan Mahoney, Elara Fay Aneja, Alex and Denver Bachmann, Abby and Ellie Bachmann, Mia and Miles Bachmann, Lucas, Benjamin, Cecilia, and William Cianchetti.