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Wednesday 23 April 2014

Family the focal point of Sheila's life

The late Sheila Mcdonnell.

Sheila Mcdonnell 1924 - 2012

SHEILA MCDONNELL, Fane Valley, Knockbridge, Dundalk died peacefully in St. Oliver Plunkett Nursing Home on March 3rd.

Born on 24th August, 1924 to John and Mary Mooney, Sheila lived her childhood years in Ballinlough, Knockbridge.

The family later moved to Fane Valley where Sheila lived until her final year.

She met and married her husband, Liam and the couple were blessed with three children who became the focal point of Sheila's life. Being an excellent baker, knitter and needleworker, she was never happier than when she was in the kitchen cooking for her family or making a garment for her children and, in later years, for her grandchildren. Family occasions and get-togethers were a joy to her.

Sheila worked for a time in Taylor's factory in Dundalk where she made lifelong friends. She was a member of Darver Apostolic society and Darver Bowls Club for many years.

In her earlier years she was a member of the local ICA Guild. Always ready to take a shopping trip, near or far, Sheila had a great love of fashion and style. She had a strong faith and a deep devotion to St.martin de Porres.

Sheila is survived by her son, John (Annagassan), daughters, Marian Hoey (Fane Valley) and Bernadette Lambe (Silverbridge), brother, Sean, sister, Brenda Mckeever, sons-in-law, daughter-in-law, grandchildren, nephews, nieces, brother-in-law and sisters-inlaw, relatives and friends.

She was predeceased by her husband, Liam, brother, Patrick and sisters, May, Rose, Bridget and Margaret.

The family would like to thank their wonderful friends and neighbours for their support at this difficult time, also Very Rev. P. Mcenroe, P.P., Rev. Fr. Pentony and Dr. Hogan, the district nurses and the staff at the Lourdes, Louth and St. Oliver's hospitals. Special thanks to Patsy and Rosemary Rogers of Mcgeough's Funeral Service for their help and efficiency with the funeral arrangements.

Having reposed at her home, Sheila's remains were taken to St. Michael's Church, Darver for Requiem Mass celebrated by Fr. Mcenroe.

The gifts that symbolised Sheila's life, a family photograph and her needlework basket were presented before Mass by grandchildren, Gerard Hoey and Emma Mcdonnell.

The Readings were given by grandsons, Jason Hoey and Paul Lambe.

The Prayers of Intercession were led by Anne Mcaleavy, Majella Ryan, Aileen Rafferty and Marloes Pots while the Offertory Gifts were presented by son, John and daughter, Bernadette.

The beautiful music was provided by soloist, Sarah Mccourt and the organist was Fidelma Bellew.

There was a guard of honour provided by members of St. Joseph's GFC and there was a large attendance at the Requiem Mass and burial in the adjoining cemetery where a very touching reflection was provided by Sheila's grand-daughter, Karen Lambe.

Month's Mind Mass will be held in St. Michael's Church, Darver at 11am on April 14th.

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