Rosary Feb. 19, Mass Feb. 20 for Frances 'Mickey' Cahail | Passages
March 1, 2010 · Updated 9:09 AM
Rosary will be recited Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. and Mass will be celebrated Feb. 20, 11:30 a.m., in St. Francis Church in Friday Harbor for Frances "Mickey" Cahail.
Mrs. Cahail died at 11:50 p.m. Feb. 12 in Islands Convalescent Center. She was 100.
Mass will be followed by interment at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery. A reception will follow in the parish hall.
Mrs. Cahail is survived by her sister, Edith Martel, of Friday Harbor; son, James (Mary Jean) Cahail of Friday Harbor; daughter, Sharon (Ken) Dougherty of Renton; and grandchildren, Doug Cahail, Peggy Negley, David Cahail, Gary Dougherty, Jeff Dougherty, Steve Dougherty, Nancy Kim, Kenny Emerson, Steve Emerson, Sue Mullin, Karen Zigler; 13 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Cahail was born Oct. 21, 1909, the daughter of J.O. Bergman Jr. and the former Mary Ellen Madden. Her Irish-born grandfather, Daniel Madden, emigrated to the U.S. in 1855 and settled on San Juan Island in 1862. Her father founded the Corner Store, the building of which still stands on Cattle Point Road across from Madden Lane.
She graduated from Friday Harbor High School in 1928 and on April 6, 1929 married Hubert Cahail, son of B.O. Cahail, who served as town councilman (1910-13) and town treasurer (1916-1955), as well as county assessor and county treasurer.
Mrs. Cahail had the distinction of being the wife and mother of Friday Harbor mayors. Her husband served as councilman from 1935-1941, as mayor from 1942-47, and as town fire chief from 1958-1962. Her son served as councilman from 1962-64 and 1974-1983, and as mayor from 1984-1993.
Her life was an active one. During her working life, she worked in local restaurants and at King's Market. She got together regularly for tea with her sisters and was active until six or seven years ago, her son said. She lived in Islands Convalescent Center for five years.
An obituary is coming from the family.