Remembering 'Mo' Halpin

Maureen Halpin

Maureen "Mo" Halpin (DeCabooter) passed away in the morning on November 11, 2017 at home surrounded by family following a courageous battle against cancer.

Mo was born September 29, 1942 in Omaha, NE, the daughter of Maurice "Mose" and Darlene "Tootie" DeCabooter. She was raised on a cattle feedlot where her recreation was riding her horse and loving the many animals. She was always a great student and excelled in her academic career. She attended St. Agnes Catholic grade school and Mercy Catholic High School in Omaha. When she was 7 years old, her beloved sister Madeline "Mike" Josoff was born. She had numerous part time jobs and one that intrigued her most was working as a Dental Assistant at the early age of 12. Her interest in dentistry led her to Marquette University where she received her degree in Dental Hygiene. It was while attending Marquette that she met the love of her life, Cary Halpin, and they married the following year.

Mo worked as a Dental Hygienist while Cary finished his dental studies in Milwaukee, WI. Following graduation from dental school and with two young children, the Air Force sent them to Athens, Greece, where they lived for three wonderful years. They developed very close friends that were like family to them while in Greece and formed everlasting memories. For the completion and final year of Cary's military obligation they were sent to Paine Field in Everett, WA. Mo continued to support the family working as a hygienist while Cary completed specialty training at the University of Washington. While living in Everett, Mo and Cary started a dental practice in North Seattle where Mo managed the successful practice for over 41 years. It is through the office that many of their lifelong friendships began and prospered.

The most important role in Mo's life and what brought her the most happiness was being a mother to her four children. Watching her children grow, succeed and raise families of their own brought her the ultimate joy and satisfaction. Her heart was filled with even deeper love from the very special and unique bond she shared with each of her seven grandchildren.Mo was an avid gardener and could spend hours working in her garden at her home on Guemes Island. Guemes was where she felt most content while spending time with family and friends taking long walks on the beach, collecting agates and cooking lots of delicious meals.

Mo felt very passionate about education. Along with a few friends, she and Cary saw the need for a Catholic High School in the Everett area and with determination and perseverance, they founded what is now Archbishop Murphy High School. Mo and Cary also served on the Parent's Board at Seattle University, where two of her children attended school.

Mo is preceded in death by her mother, Darlene DeCabooter, and father, Maurice DeCabooter. She is survived by and will be deeply missed and always cherished by her husband, Cary Halpin; four children, Michael "Mick" (Debbie) Halpin, Charie (Mike) Crisler, Craig (Liz) Halpin and Christie (Jason) Grove; seven grandchildren, Bryce and Bret Halpin, Jalen, Cali and Jensen Crisler and Blakely and Kellen Grove; her sister Madeline (Michael) Josoff; nieces Leslie Siminak, Renee Grow and nephew Michael Josoff.

Mo's Memorial Celebration will be held at Archbishop Murphy High School in Everett, WA on Dec 2, 2017 at 1:00PM with a reception immediately following to continue the celebration of her life.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made in Mo's name specifically to fund cholangiocarcinoma research at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, either online at www.fredhutch.org/memorial or via the contact information below. If online, please be certain to select "In Memory of" in the Dedication section and enter "Maureen Halpin" to ensure the Directed Fund Option (leave as "Greatest need") goes to the Maureen Halpin fund for cholangiocarcinoma research.

Alternatively, you may mail a check or call (206-667-4399) the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, P.O. Box 19024, Department J5-200, Seattle, WA. 98109. Please ensure to specify "Maureen Halpin" on the check or call.

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