September 4, 1927 ~ August 18, 2021

Born in: Calhoun, KY
Resided in: Owensboro, KY

Jean Rita Towery McCarty, 93, of Owensboro passed away Wednesday, August 18, 2021 at the Carmel Home. She was born in Calhoun, Kentucky on September 4, 1927 to the late Charles and Mamie Towery. Jean was a teacher for the Catholic School System and a Post Master for several years. She faithfully attended St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, and later became a member of St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church, before moving to the Carmel Home. During the years she was a member of St. Elizabeth, she was a part of the Alter Society.

Jean loved life and had a great sense of humor. Many lives were touched with her teaching. In her free time, Jean enjoyed playing cards and especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.

Along with her parents, Jean was preceded in death by her husband, James Louis McCarty; her son, Steven Leon McCarty; one grandson, Corbin Lee McCarty; and 6 siblings, she was the last of her family

Jean is survived by her children, Doug (Gene) McCarty, Tom (Pam) McCarty, Hugh (Rob) McCarty, Marian (David) Winstead, Joyce McCarty, Rick (Cathy) McCarty, Diane (David) Haynes; Father Bruce McCarty, Janice Brett, Lee McCarty, and Theresa (Billy) Payne; and her daughter-in-law, Laquita McCarty; 31 grandchildren; and 57 great-grandchildren; and 1 great-great-grandchild.

Services will be 1:00 pm Saturday, August 21, 2021 at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, with Father Bruce McCarty officiating. Burial will follow at St. Raphael Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm Friday, and again from 11:00 am until noon Saturday at the funeral home. Prayers will be 6:00 pm Friday at the funeral home.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to the Carmel Home; 2501 Old Hartford Road; Owensboro, Kentucky 42303. Envelopes will be made available at the funeral home.

Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory is both honored and privileged to be entrusted with the care of Mrs. McCarty. Share your messages of condolence with the family of Jean Rita Towery McCarty and sign her virtual guestbook by going to


Visitation: August 20, 2021 3:00 pm - August 20, 2021 8:00 pm

Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory
519 Locust St.
Owensboro, KY 42301

Prayers: August 20, 2021 6:00 pm

Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory
519 Locust St.
Owensboro, KY 42301

Visitation: August 21, 2021 11:00 am - August 21, 2021 12:00 pm

Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory
519 Locust St.
Owensboro, KY 42301

Service: August 21, 2021 1:00 pm

St. Elizabeth Catholic Church
6143 First Street
Curdsville, KY 42334

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  1. To Aunt Jean’s family,
    We are very sad to hear that Aunt Jean has passed. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Sending hugs to all of you.

    Robbie and Joyce McCarty

  2. What a great picture. Will miss my Aunt Jean. She loved to tease me and I loved being teased by her. We shared so many laughs over the years. Those are the times I will remember.

  3. I loved your Mom! She taught me in 5th Grade at St. Alphonsus. I will never forget her! My thoughts and prayers of comfort to ALL of you at this time. I hope you have many wonderful memories from over the years to keep in your heart and to make you smile and always remember her love for you! May she rest in peace….Carolyn Sue

  4. To all:
    We are so sorry to hear of Aunt Jean’s passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers during this time.

    Susan McCarty McRoy

  5. Theresa and family,

    I’m so sorry to hear of the passing of your momma. My love, thoughts and prayers are with you.

  6. Your Mother was such a sweet, and special lady. I don’t think I can ever recall not seeing a smile on her face. She was a candle light for so many. My sympathy, prayers for all of her family and especially for my dear friend Marian during this very sad time.

  7. I didn’t have the pleasure of spending any time with Jean, but I have heard many stories. I know you all will miss her dearly.
    Love and prayers from Albert and I.

  8. Prayers to the Family, Theresa you and your girls look like your mother! Your mother was beautiful, she has left you with so many memories that you will cherish and carry on.💞
    Love you all,
    Dale and Kimberly Masteller

  9. A great lady, mother and teacher. We shared many stories. Prayers for all her children Aunt Jean is resting in peace in heaven. Cousin Brenda Towery Thomasson

  10. Sending all my love to this family I cherish so much! She was a beautiful lady with a soul to match! ❤️🌺

  11. To Father Bruce McCarty and all the McCarty families:
    We were sorry and saddened to see the passing of
    Jean and extend our condolences to all the family.
    All our in our thought’s and prayers.

  12. I’ve always loved this family! Wonderful neighbors and friends. Many good times were had at your home as I grew up. My prayers for you all during this time. Jean was such a lovely person.

  13. May the angels speed Jean into Paradise.
    May the angels of compassion comfort all her children, especially Father Bruce and Janice. May you know blessed assurance of Christ carrying her home.
    Peace to the whole family,
    Sister Julia Head, OSU

  14. Fr. Bruce you and your family are in my prayers and thoughts. Cherish the memories you made with your mother. Love you friend!

  15. Aunt Jean organized shoes for Sundays, fed the “troops” at her home single-handedly, wrote hundreds of birthday cards, and rescued me one hot summer day when I needed help to clean 1224 after my dad gutted the house on one of the hottest days of the year. There was soot everywhere, and soot came out of the faucets. Aunt Jean came to the rescue, helped me do 17 loads of laundry and clean every inch of that house. I was sore for a whole week; I don’t think it phased her and she was in her 50’s. We loved singing Jeremiah was a Bull Frog, singing, dancing. The Armendarez’s and McCarty’s had a whale of a great time in McCartyland! Much love to you all! –Mamie

  16. To Aunt Jean’s Family:
    We are so sorry for your loss. Daddy loved your Mom and family and took us often to spend time with all of you. We remember Aunt Jean as fun loving, faith filled, and being able to run a tight ship. We have a lot of fun memories of spending time with all of you, working, playing, and getting in trouble!! Please know we are thinking of you and keeping you all in our prayers. Take care of each other!

    Debbie Rightmyer Simon
    For Verna Rightmyer and family

  17. McCarty family, I loved this lady and her children. Oh the memories we had of laughing and playing cards, singing and the next thing you know, the table is pushed to the side and we are dancing! So much fun and family love.
    I miss spending time with you all and will cherish the memories I have.
    Deepest sympathy. Love & prayers for all

  18. Theresa and family,
    We’re so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. Sending love, thoughts, and prayers.
    The Brays

  19. My heart breaks on the word of Jean’s passing. May Jean fly into God’s arms. Eternal Rest Granted to her Oh Lord and let the perpetually light shine upon her may she Rest in peace

  20. Just want the family of Jean to know how much I enjoyed being her nurse when she lived on Personal Care at Carmel Home. She was always so pleasant and had a wonderful smile for you. Always eager to have you in her presence. Always being kind and helping you with her care. Thank you to her daughters for always helping me with Jean. Kind and wonderful family. May Jean forever RIP and be with our Lord and Savior.

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