Priscilla Anne “Pris” McNamara

Priscilla Anne “Pris” McNamara

Sep 1, 1934 – Sep 13, 2017

Priscilla Anne, “Pris” McNamara, age 83, died in Omaha, NE on September 13, 2017 after courageously facing traumatic brain disease. She was surrounded by her family at the time of her death. The family is especially grateful to the incredible caregiving team that stood by Pris’ side during her journey to heaven.

A proud, life-long Nebraskan, Pris (McIntosh) McNamara was born in Fremont in 1934. She graduated valedictorian from St. Patrick’s High School of Fremont in 1952 and Magna Cum Laude from Duchesne College of the Sacred Heart in 1956. Pris married the love of her life, Lee F. McNamara, M.D., on June 30, 1956. Pris taught 4th grade in Omaha Public Schools at Belvedere Elementary until 1959, when she left teaching to raise her children full-time. Later she returned to work as a travel consultant at Pegasus and worked as the business director for Suburban West Medical until her retirement at 73. She was instrumental in helping Lee sustain his family medical practice for 53 years.

Active in several Omaha charitable causes, most meaningful to Pris were her years of volunteer work with Duchesne Academy and the Society of Sacred Heart. Pris will be remembered for her deep love of family, many beautiful and life-long friendships, bedrock belief in education, love of books, warm smile, inviting spirit, sense of style, sweet tooth, phenomenal organization skills, and commanding bridge game. Pris also had a special gift for bringing family and friends together for famous celebrations that will long be remembered.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Estelle (Harrington) and Clifton McIntosh; brother, John “Jackie” McIntosh; sister, Sheila McIntosh; grandson, Daniel Joseph McKinney; mother-and-father-in-law, Dorothy (Spinharney) and Joseph McNamara; brother-in-law, Joseph McNamara Jr.; sister-in-law, Patricia (McNamara) Heffernan; and brother-in-law, Jim Lyons.

Pris is survived by her loving husband and best friend of 61 years, Dr. Lee F. McNamara; children: Pam McNamara of Chicago, IL, Kathy Pitsor (Deon) of Des Moines, IA, Lee F. McNamara Jr. (Jennifer) of Dallas, TX, Molly McKinney (Daniel) of Omaha, and Dr. Michael McNamara (Cathy) of Omaha; grandchildren: Joe Pitsor, Marie McNamara, Lee Francis McNamara, Jack Pitsor, Hallie McNamara, Maggie McNamara, Estelle McKinney, Ryan McNamara and Bridget McKinney; sister, Grace Mowat (Bruce); brother, Dr. Michael X. McIntosh (Connie); sisters-in-law: Suzanne McNamara, Sue McNamara and Kay Lyons; brother-in-law, Robert Heffernan; and 16 wonderful nieces and nephews.

VISITATION begins Sunday, September 17th at 2:30 pm at the Bel Air Chapel, 12100 W. Center Rd., followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 5 pm. MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL on Monday, September 18th at 10 am at Christ The King Catholic Church, 654 S 86th Street. Interment, Calvary Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials to: Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart, c/o Mary Pat Ryan, RSCJ, Alumnae Association Scholarship, 3601 Burt Street, Omaha, NE 68131; Society of the Sacred Heart, Elder Care General Fund (retired sisters), 4120 Forest Park Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63108; Christ The King Church, Eucharistic Ministry, 654 S 86th St., Omaha, NE 68114.





  • Dorie and Don Schrad Posted September 15, 2017 9:08 am

    Our sympathy to all. I knew immediately when I saw Priscilla’s picture that I knew her. She looks so much like her mom. Tell Dr. Michael X. McIntosh that the Schrads still live at the same place with office still the same. Don is now 89 and I am 85. I still work with Bill Ferguson, who is 93. Bill and Mr. McIntosh were very good friends. I still thank Mr. and Mrs. McIntosh for being our friends and employer. Best wishes, Dorie and Don Schrad, 3318 29 St., Columbus, NE 68601

  • Carol Crawford Posted September 15, 2017 2:30 pm

    ~~~ so sorry about the loss of your loved one ~ Pris McNamara ~ what a great lady and a fun person so full of fun and life and sharing ~ that love will always be with you!!!!!! Carol Crawford

  • Mike and Christina Sarrat Posted September 16, 2017 7:15 am

    Our prayers are with you Lee , Jennifer, little Lee, and Magigie during this time of loss. I will always remember when you Dad and Mom welcomed us, and a bunch of Nolan Catholic basketball boys in their home and feed us. .

  • Susan Smith Posted September 17, 2017 4:59 pm

    Mrs. McNamara was a neighbor of mine and when she was well enough she would walk in the neighborhood with her care givers. She was a dear, dear woman and I know she will be missed by her loving husband and family. Blessings to you all.

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