Residents lined 111th Street and waited inside Holy Sepulchre Cemetery to say a final goodbye to former Chicago first lady Maggie Daley, who died on Thanksgiving after a 9-year battle with breast cancer.
Mrs. Daley was interred in the Daley family plot at Holy Sepulchre after a morning funeral mass at Old St. Patrick’s Catheral. She was buried near her young son, Kevin, who died at age 3 in 1981, her husband’s parents, Mayor Richard J. and Eleanor Daley, and other members of the Daley family.
Chicago police officers wearing white gloves and their dress blues flanked street corners along 111th Street. A sign in front of Jenny’s Steakhouse in Chicago Ridge across the street from the cemetary read “Lovely Maggie Daley, R.I.P.”
Residents from Worth, Alsip, Chicago Ridge, Oak Lawn and Palos said they had watched the funeral on TV at home, then drove over to the cemetery to see the funeral procession and be among the first to visit the former Chicago first lady’s grave.
One man remarked that Mrs. Daley “did more for the city than the old man.”
Finally, a procession of about 20 black limousines and SUVs entered the gates of Holy Sepulchre bearing former Mayor Richard M. Daley, the Daleys' children and grandchildren, and other family members and guests. The procession of cars drove around the cemetery’s winding roads until it came to a stop at the Daley family plot beneath a large cross adorned with a lavish Christmas wreath.
Among those spotted leaving the cemetery with Daley family members was Chicago White Sox legend Minnie Minoso.
The graveside service lasted about 20 minutes. Many members of Mrs. Daley’s family lingered in the cemetery until the former first lady’s casket was lowered into the ground, as if not wanting to leave her behind.