Mitzi McMahon was a loving, caring mother and grandmother with a great sense of humor and a great laugh, said her daughter, Colette Oram.
She always opened her home to family and friends, she said.
“She always provided favorite foods, games and music for her guests,” she said. “She had a basket full of toys at her house and a jewelry box full of treasures that were enjoyed, years ago, by her granddaughter and more recently, by her great-granddaughters.”
Mitzi McMahon, 87, of Hobart and formerly of Gary, died June 29. She was a 1943 Emerson High School graduate. She had been a precinct committeewoman in Gary and had been a Girl Scout troop leader.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 24 years, Thomas McMahon, in 1972.
She enjoyed planning high school reunions, and was close friends with many from her Emerson High School days. McMahon enjoyed traveling in the Midwest, especially to her hometown of Superior, Wisconsin.
She loved gardening, and beautiful flower and vegetable gardens, her daughter said.
McMahon also was an expert seamstress who made items ranging from life sized Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls to doll clothes. She also made sashes for 10 bridesmaid dresses for her granddaughter’s wedding.
“She was very generous with her time and love,” her daughter said.
Oram said her mother loved the holidays.
“Her home was always beautifully decorated for every holiday, especially Christmas,” she said. “She made beautiful decorations to give as gifts to her daughters each year. We could all count on being spoiled at Christmas. You could barely walk into the room with presents stacked so high and wide. It was important to her that everyone had a wonderful time.”