Dorothy Alois Cornthwaite McMahon was born on July 9, 1921 in Rockville, I.N. and
departed this world during the night of October 29, 2018, following a long illness. She
was the daughter of Homer and Mame Cornthwaite and the sister of Gwen Harrison, now
Dorothy grew up on a rural farm, attended a one-room elementary schoolhouse and
graduated Rockville High School in 1938. She enrolled in Purdue University and
graduated with highest honors in 1943. She moved east and worked for RCA, and later as
Personnel Manager for Harrison Labs and successor company, Hewlett Packard-
Rockaway Division, all in New Jersey. She received her MBA degree from Fairleigh
Dickinson University while in her 60's.
Dorothy converted to Roman Catholicism later in life. She exhibited the highest moral
values during her life and was a beacon of integrity to those that knew her.
As a single woman she lived in Greenwich Village in New York City. She raised her
family in Newark, Cedar Grove, and Warren, N.J., later lived in Morris Plains, N.J. and
most recently in Myrtle Beach, S.C. at the home of her daughter and loving caregiver,
Dorothy was a highly intelligent, compassionate and intrepid woman who loved life,
laughed & forgave easily and was completely devoted to her adoring children. She was
an accomplished business professional and, in later life, a world traveler & photographer,
having ventured to over twenty foreign countries, including: Iran, Cuba, Egypt, China
and India. Dorothy also greatly enjoyed New York City attractions including art galleries,
museums and attending Broadway & Off-Broadway theater.
Dorothy leaves to cherish her memory her loving family: Sons Richard McMahon & wife
Barbara of Fort Collins, CO, Dr. David McMahon, wife Michelle and grandchildren Paul
Columna & Mollie McMahon of Titusville, FL, Daughter Julia Heinlein of Myrtle Beach,
SC, and Son-in-Law Al Mosca of Kinnelon, NJ, also Nephew Dr. Stephen Harrison and
wife Jeri & Family. Another beloved child, Sharyn McMahon Mosca, is deceased.
To view these details online or to offer words of comfort through the online guestbook, kindly visit, www.burroughsfh.com.
Burroughs Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Murrells Inlet, (843.651.1440) is honored to be assisting the family.
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My sincere condolences to the entire family. I am sorry for your loss. There are hardly any words to find or say that may bring you comfort at your time of loss. Few things cause more heartache and stress than the death of a loved one. Below a link to an article based on the Holy Scriptures. In this article of the Awake, comfort and help for those who are grieving. (Hosea 13:14 From the power of the Grave I will redeem them; From death I will recover them. Where are your stings, O Death? Where is your destructiveness, O Grave...)?
Submitted by Marlene on Nov 9 2018 11:30:06 AM
Dear Julia, David, and Rick, Please accept my sincerest sympathy for the loss of your mom. I have wonderful memories of her. She was a great influence on me during my childhood. In later years, my mom and I shared some good times with her and Sharyn meeting for lunch and attending concerts in Morristown. I know she will be missed by all of you and all those who's lives she touched. What an amazing woman and awesome life she had! Love, Catherine Harold
Submitted by Catherine M Harold on Oct 31 2018 11:45:40 AM
Julia, Losing a mother is so tough. I know you will really miss her and you and the rest of the family are in my thoughts and prayers. Take comfort in how you too such great care of her these last several years.
Submitted by Tricia Kolb on Oct 31 2018 09:50:39 AM
So sorry to read about your mom's passing. Glad I got to meet her and I am so impressed by your loving and compassionate way of helping her and caring for her in your home. There is a special place in heaven for daughters like you... thoughts and prayers to you and your family. Love, Carol Schaffer
Submitted by Carol G Schaffer on Oct 30 2018 04:40:54 PM
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