The Incredible Obituary the Whole World Needs to Read

Mary “Pink” Mullaney recently passed away at 85 years old.

The native Wisconsinite left behind an enviable legacy; not one marked by fame or extreme wealth, but by love and an unmatched level of commitment to the wellbeing of her fellow men, women and animals.

Her uniquely caring approach to life inspired Pink’s friends and family to pen a somewhat unusual obituary for her. Topping out at just over 1,100 words, the tribute is full of touching and surprisingly unusual bits of advice.

Here are just 10 of the many life lessons imparted in this incredible woman’s obituary:

  1. What’s the one creature you should never hesitate to share your bed with: Your dog(s).
  2. How to re-purpose old pantyhose: As ornament hangers, gutter ties, and for child-proofing your cabinets.
  3. Why it’s important to carry a sandwich in your purse: You never know when you might happen across a homeless person in need of a good meal.
  4. How to make your car dance: Step one, find a good song on the radio; step two, turn it up; step three, gently press the brakes in time with the rhythm.
  5. What to do with a clingy opossum: “If a opossum takes up residence in your shed, grab a barbeque brush to coax him out. If he doesn’t leave, brush him for 20 minutes and let him stay.”
  6. How to thank your garbage collector and your mailman: Set out a bottle of cool water in the summertime, or snack for them to enjoy anytime.
  7. What to do when you visit a nursing home: “Kiss everyone,” and eat lunch with those who are cognitively impaired.
  8. How to handle kids who won’t eat their veggies: Make it into a game. Place them at the bottom of the laundry chute (or similar enclosed; cage-like area) and tell them to pretend they are hungry lions. Hand them healthy snacks through the opening.
  9. What to do with your old magazines: Bring them with you to your next doctor’s appointment and donate them to the office for others to read.
  10. How to treat those you don’t get along with: “Never say mean things about anybody; they’re poor souls to pray for.”

(Read Pink’s full obituary here)

As conflict and controversy converge on all sides, every one of us could use a refresher course on how to live our best lives, from those who have gone before us. Pink’s tribute serves as a reminder to take the time to turn inward, examine our beliefs, and decide what wisdom our lives will bring to future generations.

How do you want to be remembered?

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By Anne-Marie Botek, Editor

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Jeannie Fuchs
Jeannie Fuchs1 years ago

A wonderful lady

Jordan G.
Jordan G.1 years ago

Oh, possum!

Connie O.
Connie O.1 years ago

How wonderful! ty

Luis Brantuas
Luis Brantuas1 years ago

Thanks for sharing!

Lynn Carin LadySeastar

May she rest in peace knowing that the kindness she gave to this world has been an inspiration to many. For those who are kind to animals have a special place in heaven.

GH Havener
GH Havener1 years ago

How positively beautiful.

Oleg Kobetz
Oleg Kobetz1 years ago

Thank you!

gail mulloy
gail mulloy1 years ago

What a lovely person she was. We could use so many more loving people like her.

Roman Klevets
Roman Klevets1 years ago


Carol L.
Carol L.1 years ago

Lovely and inspiring. I'll start carrying sandwiches.