Reba Norton Mahany

Reba MahanyReba Norton Mahany – 83 – of 9696 Oak Hill Rd., Arkport, died Monday afternoon (May 1, 2017) at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, following a brief illness.  She has resided at Updyke Willow Ridge Nursing Facility since January, 2016.

Born in Wellsville, NY on October 11, 1933, she was the daughter of Lyle & Katherine (Jones) Norton.

Her family resided for a time in Allentown, NY later Alfred, NY, eventually moving to Arkport.  She was a graduate of Arkport Central School (class of 1951) and later graduated from Hornell Business School (Federal Commercial School).  She had resided in Arkport for most of her adult life and had been employed for a time at Crowley’s Dairy and also as secretary at the former Marion Rohr Corporation.

Reba was married on October 23, 1954 to R. Murray Mahany who died September 5, 2014.  She was involved in farming her entire adult life and in a “Joint Venture” with her husband, three sons and her son-in-law, owned & operated Poverty Knob Farms in Arkport raising potatoes, oats, wheat, corn, green beans and alfalfa.

Being recognized by Cornell University for her hard work of raising six children and still tirelessly working on the family farm, she was honored by actually having a potato — the “Reba Potato” named after her.  In 1993, the Mahany family received the State of New York Governor’s “Outstanding Farm Family Award” presented by Gov. Mario Cuomo.  Reba and Murray were also honored when they were presented with the “Industry Leadership Award” by the Empire State Potato Growers.

Reba was a former member of Our Lady of the Valley Parish and a communicant of St. Ann’s Church.  For the past 22 years, she was a communicant of St. Mary’s Church of Canaseraga.

In addition to her husband, Murray, she was preceded in death by 4 sisters, Rita Smith, Muriel Kame, Charlene Kramer and Karen Clancy.

Surviving are 3 sons, Robert (Debora) Mahany of Dansville, Gary (Patricia) Mahany of Arkport and Gregory (Karen Meade) Mahany of Arkport; 3 daughters, Brenda (Dennis) Acomb of Dansville, Linda (Mark) Mahoney of Hornell and Susan (Rick Wilcox) Cotter of Dansville; her former son-in-law, Daniel Cotter; 18 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; several nieces & nephews.

The family of Reba Norton Mahany will receive friends on Friday from 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM at the Dagon Funeral Home, 38 Church St., Hornell, NY.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday at 11:00 AM at St. Mary’s Church in Canaseraga.  Reba will be buried next to her husband at Heritage Hill Cemetery in Arkport overlooking the fields that she loved.

Reba’s family request that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in her name be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

7 Responses to “Reba Norton Mahany”

  1. Natalie says:

    Truly an amazing woman. May she always be remembered this way for all of her accomplishments in life with her husband and children. She will surely be missed by many.

  2. Tracie Waight says:

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Aunt Reba, as she was known to me was one lovely lady always full of encouragement and love ❤️ please give my condolences to your family. God’s blessings in your time of sadness and always. Tracie Easton-Mahany Waight

  3. Don K Shardlow says:

    One of the things that I learned to especially appreciate about Murray Mahaney was the manner in which he gave the credit for the success of his business entirely to Reba and their sons. She was a very modest lady, and one of her strengths was that she always knew where Murray was and how to reach him. They were a great team, and justly earned the respect and admiration of all who knew them. I’m certain that Reba has been received into the arms of Our Lord and that she and Murray are celebrating together again tonight. It was an honor to know them.

  4. Stephanie DePaul-Pragel says:

    Dear Sue and Family-

    I am so sorry to hear of your mother passing. She was a strong lady that loved her family. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  5. David & Penny says:

    So very sorry for your loss. Hold one another tight at this sad time.

  6. Connie Dennis Tubbs says:

    So sorry to hear. God bless you all.

  7. Don and Linda says:

    We have many good memories of our families enjoying life together. q