We at the Kentucky Resources Council join family and friends in mourning the passing and celebrating the remarkable life of Mary Margaret Mulvihill,
who died August 25, 2020.
Mary was a member of the Cathedral of the Assumption, and a 1960 graduate of the Presentation Academy. She was a trailblazer as one of the first women elected to public office in Louisville, Kentucky. She served three terms as 4th Ward Alderman for Louisville, from 1975 to 1981. Her dedication to public service was undeniable and long-lived, retiring after 23 years of service to the city.
She also served her fellow citizens through extensive volunteer work. Mary Margaret was a longtime supporter of the Kentucky Resources Council. She was one of the founding volunteers for the St. John Center for Homeless Men, served on the Board of the Presentation Academy, and on the Board of the Transit Authority of River City.
Mary was the chairwoman of the committee that brought a statue of Mother Catherine Spalding, the co-founder of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, to the Cathedral of Assumption. The statue was Louisville’s first honoring a woman in a public space. The statue stands in a spot outside the Cathedral where Mother Spalding taught students, cared for children whose parents had died, and worked to heal people with cholera in the early 19th century. At the statue dedication, Mary Margaret said,
“This statue is to honor all women, who are truly the backbone of the church.”
Mary Margaret worked throughout her life to lift up community and to do right by others. While her passing saddens us, we know her compassionate legacy lives on in those countless others she has inspired to advocacy and service.
Mother Spalding said,
"If you all have hearts as devoted to the interests of the Community as mine is, there would truly be but one common interest, and self would be laid aside. – No one should be anxious to appear as having done more, nor others less. Our Community must be the center from which all our good works must emanate and in the name of the Community all must be done. – Then let none of us be ambitious as to who does more or who does less. God will judge it all hereafter.” ( January 9, 1855)
Mary Margaret lived those words, working to achieve a greater good throughout her life. Her years of selfless devotion to bettering her community will remain an example of what good we are all capable of.
The Saint Agnes Catholic Community will stream Mary Margaret’s funeral at noon on Monday, August 31 on its Facebook page.