Generose A. Mahoney 82 of Indianapolis, IN passed away October 4, 2021 at her residence. She was born November 5, 1938 to the late Edward and Sue Gehrich. She is survived by a daughter Susan L. Hendrix, son James A. Hendrix (Judy), step-son Dean Hendrix , daughters-in-law Stefanie Hendrix and Nancy Hendrix. Grandchildren Tiffany Ma (Kevin) Stephanie Fisher (Andy), Andrew Shelby, Allison Hendrix, Macen Hendrix, Ailish Ma, Aubree Fisher, Braylon Ma.Preceded in death by both husbands Thomas E. Hendrix and Jack Mahoney, sons Thomas E. Hendrix and Michael E. Hendrix, step son Terry Hendrix.
Generose retired from Indiana Bell as a phone operator after 35 years of service. In her free time she could be found at the nearest slot machine or bingo hall, rummaging through neighbourhood garage sales, or in the kitchen whipping up her famous deviled eggs, potato salad and zucchini bread.
Generose was a loving mother and grandmother, one who always chose to put family first. After raising her own children, she happily spent countless hours babysitting each of her grandchildren throughout several decades of her life. Nothing made her more proud than boasting about the accomplishments of not only her children but their children as well, all of whom were fortunate enough to have their own dedicated time with her (thanks to their conveniently staggered births).
Despite the fact that Generose was fiercely independent, she was also very much a social butterfly. She truly enjoyed being around other people. If you met her even once, especially in her golden years, you were sure to discover some interesting story about her life, her family and probably something about her medical history. Affectionately nicknamed “Nosy Rosy” by her family, she was quite happy to be involved in whatever social situation presented itself, whether it be dinner with childhood classmates or a mini family reunion with her brothers.
About her first late husband, Tom, she always used to say “he never knew a stranger” and “he would have given his friends the shirt off his back” but what she failed to realise is that she was exactly the same. Her appreciation for a good sense of humour and kind heart was evident with the choice of her second husband, Jack, who was always ready with a joke and a helping hand.
Generose was a devout Catholic who spent many years volunteering at St. Vincent de Paul. She was a hard worker who was happiest when she was busily helping others, whether that meant assisting those in need or cooking massive meals for the homeless and fellow volunteers. She was a devoted member of the Little Flower parish for many years before moving homes and joining the St Jude parish. Generose was a kind and giving spirit, a truly generous soul, one that will be missed by all that knew her.
Visitation will be Thursday, October 7, 2021, 4 to 8 p.m., at the O'Riley Funeral Home, 6107 S. East Street, Indianapolis. The Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10 a.m., Friday, October 8, 2021, in St. Jude Catholic Church. Entombment will be at Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations be made to the American Heart Association: