"Our mother loved the simple joys of existence," he said. "She was the first one out and the last one off the dance floor."
Their parents' love "was a true partnership. . .everlasting friendship, love and support of each other."
Most importantly, she taught her children to "be engaged, be passionate and have respect for others," Patrick Daley said.
After he spoke, those inside Old St. Patrick's Cathedral broke out in applause. The former mayor stood up and embraced his son.
At the funeral drew to a close, the people joined in chorus to sing a verse from "The Day In New Jerusalem" before leaving: "May the angels welcome you to paradise. May the martyrs greet you on your way. May you see the face of the Lord this day."
As the pallbearers took the casket out of the church,
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They asked mourners to pray for the family, for the doctors at
"For all those who see the arts as a tool to change young lives," Hotchkiss said.
The church responded in unison, "Lord, hear our prayer."
"May we be strengthened by our love and admiration of Maggie," Hotchkiss said.
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The Rev. John Wall, who presided over the funeral of
"Do you know the best gift that Pittsburgh gave to Chicago? . . . Maggie Corbett Daley, our first lady. . . . It truly is the greatest gift, the best gift, that Pittsburgh ever gave this city. . . . We're here to thank God for this wonderful gift . . . And thank Maggie" said Wall, the president of the archdiocese's Catholic Extension and pastor emeritus at Old St. Pat's Church.
Wall asked mourners to ponder the gift of Maggie. She was the "soul" and "heart" of Chicago.
"Her family was so much bigger than her own blood kin," Wall said, noting Maggie Daley's passion about children.
"She saw the potential and talent of every child in the city."
Maggie Daley also saw the beauty of the city and sought to showcase it in Chicago's gardens and by preserving its historic architecture.
"I think Maggie told us a lot about the mystery of God," Wall said. "One word said over and over the last few days, how 'gracious' this woman was. . . This woman said nothing is going to take this life away from me. I'm too busy giving it away."
Bagpipes and long-stemmed white flowers
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The funeral for
The procession passed City Hall on its way to Old St. Patrick's Church on the Near West Side. Bagpipes played as the hearse approached the church. The former mayor, stroking the head of his grandson, stood on the steps with his family.
Daley placed his hand over his heart as the coffin was carried into the church. Then he dipped holy water and made the sign of the cross, entering the church with his daughters and grandchildren.
The Daleys were followed by a host of extended family members, each carrying a single white flower.
During the funeral, Maggie Daley's daughter Nora Daley Conroy read from the Book of Proverbs. "She opens her mouth in wisdom and on her tongue is kindly counsel," she read. "Charm is deceptive and beauty fleeting."
As she returned to the pews, Daley stood up and kissed her on the cheek.
Maggie Daley's youngest daughter, Lally Daley Hotchkiss, did the second reading, from St. Paul.
"I wish you all the joy in the Lord. I will say it again; All joy be yours. Let your generosity be clear to all," she read.
"And now my family, all that is true, all that is noble, all that is just and pure, all that is lovable and gracious, whatever is excellent and admirable fill your thoughts with these things."
The pallbearers included Patrick Richard Daley, Sean Joseph Conroy, John Patrick Daley, Samuel Roth Hotchkiss, Francis Patrick Corbett, Michael Daley, James Joseph Corbett, William Michael Daley and Joseph McGillick Corbett.
Prayers of the faithful will be delivered by Sean Joseph Conroy and Samuel Roth Hotchkiss, while the gift offering will be handled by Margaret Corbett, John Joseph and Kevin Daley Conroy.
A section listed as “Family Reflection” will feature Mrs. Daley’s children: Nora Daley Conroy, Patrick Daley and Lally Daley Hotchkiss.
Among those attending the funeral are first lady