Susan Duffy McGovern

Susan Duffy McGovern

October 31, 1918 - August 14, 2010

Susan Duffy McGovern

October 31, 1918 - August 14, 2010


Susan Mary Teresa McGovern, of Dana Point, California passed away peacefully early on the morning of August 14th, 2010; she was just shy of ninety-two years of age.

Sue was born on Wesley Street in Cavan Town, County Cavan, Ireland on October 31st, 1918, to Patrick Duffy and Bridget Yourell, the second of seven children. She began hair dressing as a teen in her hometown of Cavan, eventually moving to Monaghan where she met Eugene McGovern. The two were married in Belfast on January 6, 1942 during war time. Their first three children, Philip, Eugene and Susan were born in Belfast. They later moved to Dublin where Ingrid, Brian and Rosaleen were born. Sue ran her own hair salon, ‘Sue Hair Stylist’, out of their home on Beaumont Avenue in Churchtown, Dublin. She was an unusual woman for her time in that she was an entrepreneur, running several businesses out of her home. Aside from being a hairstylist, Sue was a talented dressmaker, florist, and milliner hat maker. She was also an active member of her community and put together flower arrangements for services, weddings, and funerals at her local parish, the ‘Church of the Good Shepherd.’ At her best when she was serving others, she often visited and cared for the sick and dying, not only her relatives but also people in her community. She never turned anyone away from her door, often inviting people in need for meals and a place to stay.

After the death of her husband in 1985, Sue started a new adventure and moved to California in 1989. She lived with Rosie’s family until 2007 when her health was in decline and she required professional care. Before that time she enjoyed several return trips to Ireland, and was actively involved in the lives of her friends and family who were privileged to share in her life, both in Ireland and California.

Sue is survived by a brother Brendan Duffy and a sister Theresa Tracey, both of England, and a sister Mary Dowd of Ireland; her six children and their families: Philip & Charlotte McGovern of Placentia, California, Eugene and Jackie McGovern of Lucan, County Dublin-Ireland, Susan & Sean Murphy of Dana Point, California, Ingrid and Gordon Goodwin of Carrickmines, County Dublin-Ireland, Brian McGovern of Dana Point, California, and Rosaleen and Jerry Klein of Dana Point, California; thirteen grandchildren: Peter McGovern, Anita Lord, Sarah Vaughn, Steven Goodwin, Ingrid Goodwin, Scott Goodwin, Gordon Goodwin Jr., Charlotte Goodwin, Betsy McGovern, Ryan McGovern, McKenna Klein, Caitlin McGovern, and Michael Klein; and four great-grandchildren: Juliet Lord, Dylan Lord, Aila McGovern, and Ben Goodwin.

She was dearly loved and will be greatly missed.

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53 responses to Susan Duffy McGovern

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  1. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. Your Mother, Grandmother, and Great Grandmother has provided the beautiful example of what it means to have a servant’s hands and a servant’s heart. Certainly, she rests in her Father’s arms now! May the road rise up to meet her! Love, Maureen Tunstill

  2. I did not know Susan personally, but knew her love through her children Phil & Rosie. My thoughts & prayers are with her family during this time. Here greatest gifts continue through her children, grandchildren & great-grandchildren.

  3. My deepest sympathy to all of the family on Sue’s death. I was tracing some of our ancestors in monaghan two weekends ago and learned of Sue’s death then. Learned more about my grandfathers homeland and of Eugene’s. would love to hear from you.

    Had some good memories of Sue and one of the photo’s I brought with me to Monaghan was one of Sue. I had none of you nor had i any of Eugene.

    Again my deepest sympathy to you all. You lost a very talented , fine lady in Sue.

    Una Mc Govern

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