Mary Magill

mary magill
Mary Louise Timlin Magill passed away on August 23, 2016 at her home in Fargo, North Dakota, surrounded by family and close friends. Mary was born on November 25, 1925 in New York City to Robert and Marguerite Timlin (nee Flynn). Her father’s work as a civil engineer took the family all over the country and world, including Liberia and Cuba, but Mary was primarily raised in suburban Chicago. She graduated from Trinity High School, attended Holy Rosary College, and then transferred to and graduated from University of Illinois with a BA in Spanish. After college, Mary moved to Washington D.C., where she attended Georgetown law school for a year. Deciding law school was not for her, Mary was hired, based on her proficiency with languages, as a Chinese translator by the agency that was the precursor to the CIA. In Washington, she met a dashing Georgetown law student, Francis (Frank) John Magill, from Verona, North Dakota. Their first date was a tennis game. Frank quickly learned Mary did not actually know how to play tennis, but he was smitten with her personality, charm and smashing tennis attire. They married on October 22, 1955 and moved to Fargo, North Dakota, where Frank joined the Nilles law firm and later became a federal judge. Before her first child was born, Mary wrote the “Goings About Town” column for the Moorhead Daily News and she and Frank joined the Fargo Curling Club. Their first child, Marguerite (Meg), was born in 1957, and thereafter she was a full-time homemaker. Mary went on to raise six children (and a couple of dogs). She also was active in civic and church affairs, including being a long-time member of PEO, member and chair of the board of the Catholic Family Services (now Catholic Charities), member of the Junior League, and member of the Board of the Opportunity School. Friends and family will remember Mary as an eternal optimist, blessed with a sunny disposition. She loved fun, was game for anything, and wanted all around her to be happy. Gregarious in the extreme, Mary loved people and had a wonderful circle of long-time friends who she relished spending time with. Mary also loved to have her children and grandchildren around her, especially at the lakes, where she could satisfy her desire to learn as much as possible about the happenings in their lives. Mary was pre-deceased by her husband, Francis John Magill, and her two sisters, Jean Timlin Trousdale and Peggy Timlin Shine, and a grand-daughter, Kaitlyn Magill. She is survived by her six children and their spouses, Meg and Frank Connolly of Minneapolis, Frank and Peg Magill of Minneapolis, Dan Magill of Denver, Liz Magill and Leon Szeptycki of Palo Alto, Rob Magill and Amy Frisch of New York City, John and Kathy Magill of Stillwater, and thirteen grandchildren, TJ and his wife Alisa Connolly, Robert Connolly, Marguerite Connolly, Liza Magill, Jack Magill, Kirk Magill, Nicki Magill, Lindsay Magill, Alex Szeptycki, Claire Szeptycki, Sam Magill, Gus Magill, and Cecelia Magill. Special thanks to the the caring staff at Touchmark, Hospice of the Red River Valley, and Griswold Home Care. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation, in memory of Mary’s husband, to an organization devoted to Alzheimer’s research. Boulger Funeral Home of Fargo is handling arrangements.

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  1. Dear Magill family, I am so sorry for the passing of your Mother, Mary . My thoughts and prayers are with all of you, during this difficult time. Take care, Sheila Foss

  2. Dear Liz and Magill Family,
    My sincere and heartfelt sympathies go out to all of you. I am so very sorry to dear about the death of your mother. She was such a kind, sweet, and fun person who I have very fond memories of. May you all find comfort in all of the wonderful memories of her and may she always live in and through each of you. God’s blessings to you all. Peggy Nilles Hirschuber

  3. Oh Meg! My heart goes out to you & your family on the loss of your sweet Mother!
    What a neat lady! She was so unique & wonderful! Sending you Love & Prayers!

    Teresa Sweeney Jordan

  4. Our condolences to all of the Magill family. We had the chance to meet Mrs. Magill a few times when she came to New York to celebrate holidays, life events, and baseball games with Rob and Amy and Sam and Gus. What a wonderful, well-lived life and what a great legacy she leaves in her loving family.

  5. Dear Magill’s, you all are in my thoughts and prayers in the death of your mother. Mary was a very special lady at Nativity while I was there. She was a woman of deep faith and trust in God as she raised and loved her family. I am sure you all have stories and memories of her, they are gifts from God as Mary was to many people. Her legacy of love and faith lives on in you! May she have eternal peace and joy with our loving God. Fr. Tim Bushy

  6. Dear Meg and family, we are holding you in our hearts and hope to see you next week for in-person hugs and love. Mary Magill was an awesome woman! We feel privileged to have known her, thanks to your warm and inclusive hospitality. Sending much love to you….

  7. Dear Magill Family,
    I was so sad to learn of Mary’s passing. She will be missed greatly! My memories of Mary go back to my childhood. She was a wonderful, loving & caring women–always sharing her joy & happiness with our family.

    Our love & prayers are with you at this difficult time. May God’s peace give you strength.

    With Sympathy,

    Margie & Rusty Collins

  8. To the Family of Mary Magill, I am unable to meet you for the memorial services and plans to celebrate Mary’s great life. She and I have been friends for many, many years. She was a great person, great mother and grandmother, and a very good friend. She was a great partner and mate for Frank.

    I send you all my condolences and warm greetings. You’ve been good friends to me.

  9. Dear Frank, Danny, Meg, Liz, Rob and John,
    You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Your mother was an exceptional woman. She was always happy and was a lot of fun. I thoroughly enjoyed the tribute video. It looks like she lived her life to the fullest and created many wonderful memories with her family. I am so sorry I was unable to attend the service. Hugs, Mari aka MImi

  10. Our hearts and thoughts are with you during this time of grieving. Please know that you are not alone in remembering a truly wonderful person that meant so very much to so many. I’ve been reflecting on all of the fun childhood memories I have. I am so sorry I wasn’t able to attend.

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