Margaret Carrick, Oakvale Park, Bay Estate, Dundalk died unexpectedly but peacefully at her home on March 24 following a relatively short illness.
She was daughter of the late Thomas and Anna Coleman, Hyde Park and had a strong attachment to the Quay area. She attended Realt na Mara and when she finished her education went to work in Clarks shoe factory on the Ramparts where she remained for eight years until her marriage.
In her youth, Margaret enjoyed dancing in the local St.Gerard's hall and other popular venues like the Adelphi ballroom and Derryhale Hotel.
Her husband Jim, a native of Dublin, was in the Army and was stationed in town when he met Margaret. After their marriage, Margaret relished her role as housewife and homemaker. Her husband and two sons were the central focus of her life and she was delighted in recent times at the birth of her grandniece, Caoimhe.
The family resided first in Beechmount Drive where they remained for five years before moving to Oakvale Park.
Margaret loved her garden, and socalising with her sisters, especially going for meals both with them and her husband Jim. She enjoyed holiday breaks in Ireland, and also on occasion holidays abroad.
She had a quiet, easy-going personality, with a humour of her own. She liked taking the family dog 'Gizmo' for a walk. She also was fond of music and listening to the Joe Duffy Lifeline programme on RTE, with a preference for radio over television, although she liked the CSI crime series.
Her death is deeply regretted by husband, Jim, sons, Darren and Shane, sisters, Frances (Hyde Park), Patricia (Barrack Close) and Valerie (Bay Estate), brothers-in-laws, sister-in-law, mother-in-law, nephews, nieces, uncles, aunts, family relatives, neighbours and friends and Shane's partner, Jean.
Her passing is especially felt by her husband and children and for the family Margaret's death is another in a series of sad bereavements the family have suffered in recent years with the deaths of two sister-in-laws of Margaret's along with her father-in-law. She was also predeceased by her parents.
After reposing at her home, Margaret's remains were removed to St. Joseph's Church with a musical tribute paid to her along the way with piper,Vinny Murray playing as the funeral cortege stopped at her home place and mourners walked from Hyde Park to the Church. The piper also played again as the cortege arrived at St.Patrick's cemetery as Margaret's remains were taken to her final resting place.
Very Rev.Michael Cusack, C.Ss.R. celebrated Requiem Mass and gave the eulogy. The Readings were given by nephew, Paul Grimes and aunt, Ann Begg.
The Prayers of Intercession were led by nephew, David Grimes and cousin, Ann O'Connor, while the Offertory Gifts were presented by sons Darren and Shane.
The music was provided by soloist, Susan Doyle.
Month's Mind Mass is in on Sunday, April 21st at 12.30pm