Wednesday 26 April 2017

Couple reunited after HSE battle had under three months together

HARRY KEANEY

THEY FOUGHT a battle to live alongside each other in a nursing home but now the elderly couple who were overjoyed at being brought together last September have been parted once again, this time by death.

On Sunday morning last, 92-year-old Mary Jane (Molly) Rushe passed away at the Nazareth House Nursing Home just a day after she and her husband, Patrick, had celebrated his 94th birthday.

For more than 66 years of married life, the couple had never been a day apart, until ill-health forced Molly to become a resident of the home, leaving Patrick broken-hearted on his own at home in Tanrango, Beltra.

There then followed a battle lasting over a year and a half as Pat and his family fought and pleaded with the powers-that-be to be allowed live out his last days with his beloved wife. Finally, last September he was informed that he would be allowed join his wife in the Nazareth House.

They shared just under three months there before Molly's sad passing on Sunday. "It was so sudden," said their daughter Alice Gilmartin this week, adding that her father was, as one would expect, "very, very upset."

But even in death, it seems both their prayers were answered, as Alice explained: "That's what she always wanted. She never wanted to be a burden on anyone. And, he always wished she would go before him because he didn't want her to be on her own."

Molly is survived by her husband, her daughter, and a son, Edward; by three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Following funeral Mass in the Church of St. Peter and Paul in Dromard yesterday, Tuesday, burial took place in Skreen Cemetery.

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