Mary C. Tyer

Published 3:38 pm Friday, February 3, 2023

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Mary Cavanagh Tyer, age 74, a resident of Washington, NC passed away on February 1st. She died peacefully in her home surrounded by family and friends.

Ms. Tyer was born on November 17, 1948, in Washington D.C. to the late Waymath and Ann Spigut Robinson. She was a graduate of DuVal High School in Lanham, MD and graduated from East Carolina University. Ms. Tyer was a retired teacher at S.W. Snowden and John Small Elementary Schools. She was a dedicated educator for over 22 years and was devoted to her students. She enjoyed socializing with friends at the local senior center, gardening and cheering for her Washington Redskins! She was a devout Catholic and member of Mother of Mercy and the St. Vincent de Paul Society.

Survivors include her five sons, David J. Cavanagh of Colorado, Shane F. Cavanagh (Kathleen) of Washington, Daniel K. Cavanagh (Tina) of Washington, Jason G. Cavanagh (Samantha) of New Bern, Quentin W. Cavanagh (ShaeAnn) of South Carolina and one stepdaughter, Gladys MacDonald (Bill) of Ohio; fourteen grandchildren and eight great grandchildren; a brother, Stephen Robinson and a sister, Janet Robinson from Maryland.

She is preceded in death by husbands, John G. Cavanagh II and George T. Tyer and one brother, Francis Robinson.

The family will receive friends from 12:00 PM until 2:00 PM Tuesday February 7, 2023, at Paul Funeral Home & Crematory in Washington, NC. A funeral service will follow at 2:30 PM at Mother of Mercy Catholic Church in Washington, NC and will be officiated by Fr. Mike Schuetz. Burial will follow in Oakdale Cemetery. Her five sons will serve as pallbearers.

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In lieu of flowers please donate to your local public library in memory of Mary Cavanagh Tyer.

Paul Funeral Home & Crematory is honored to serve the Cavanagh-Tyer family.