By Gary Lloyd
CHALKVILLE — Chalkville Elementary School last week honored a longtime PTA member and volunteer who died of cancer in December.
The 2015 PTA Executive Board presented a plaque to Principal Rod Johnson to give to the family of Wendy Mahoney, who died at the age of 40 on Dec. 12, 2014. Her husband, Eddie, gave it back to be put up on a wall near the school office, Johnson said.
Mahoney served on the PTA Board and worked as a substitute teacher at Chalkville Elementary School.
“It’s almost like she was a regular member of our staff,” Johnson said. “She was here that much.”
She was also a member of Taylor Memorial United Methodist Church and the Clay-Chalkville Band Boosters. She was a founding member of the Ladies Auxiliary to Birmingham Fire Fighters Association IAFF Local No. 117.
Mahoney had three daughters: Samantha, Madelyn, and Karlye, all of which came through Chalkville Elementary School. Eddie Mahoney spoke at the Feb. 10 PTA meeting at the school. Johnson said he spoke to parents about continuing to be involved in their kids’ lives and the importance of being visible for them.
“He spoke from the heart,” Johnson said. “I think a lot of people really took it to heart.”
The blue plaque that will go on a wall outside the school’s office states that it’s presented in honor of Mahoney “and her many years of dedicated and selfless service. Her uplifting smile and servant’s heart positively impacted the lives of students, faculty and the community as a whole. She will forever be a beloved member of our Chalkville Family.”
Johnson said she loved the school and would do anything to help it.
“She was just a wonderful lady,” he said.
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