KATHLEEN KELLY, Laurel Grove, Dundalk, who died peacefully in the Mater Hospital, Dublin on August 25th after a long illness borne with great fortitude was a loving wife, mother and sister.
Aged 57, Kathleen was a daughter of the late Kathleen and Larry Cunningham, Fatima Court, Dundalk, and was one of nine children, five boys and four girls.
She was educated at Scoil Eoin Baiste and Dundalk Vocational School, and began her working career in Dundalk Textiles factory. She later worked in ECCO and Riverside Clothing Co.
Later Kathleen established her own business, 'Avenue Alterations' in the Greenacres Shopping Centre which was very successful through the loyal customer base built up by Kathleen.
A number of years ago, Kathleen was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis and in February, 2011 she was fortunate to be given the saving gift of a lung transplant at the Heart and Lung unit in the Mater Hospital.
Throughout the years when her health was not the best, Kathleen never complained and was much loved.
Kathleen's faith was strong and she loved joining her mother on Redemptorist pilgrimages to religious Shrine, including Knock, Lourdes Medjugorje and Jerusalem.
She lived for her family, and her grandsons when they came along were the light that lit up her life. She will be deeply mourned by many, especially her family.
Kathleen is survived by her loving husband, Sean, daughter, Gillian, grandsons, Adam and Evan, sisters, Maureen Kelly, Carol Crosse, and Fiona Cunningham, brothers, Denis Cunningham (Banbridge), Brendan, Peter, Sean and Laurence (Dundalk), aunt, Maura O'Brien, uncle, Peter Cunningham, son-in-law, Alan Cole, and her many nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.
Having reposed at home, Kathleen's remains were taken to St. Joseph's Redemptorist Church where Requiem Mass was celebrated by Very Rev. Michael Cusack, C.SS.R., who gave the eulogy.
The Readings were given by brother-in-laws, Tommy and Sean Kelly and the Prayers of Intercession were led by Denise McBride, Lorcan Crosse and Orla Martin.
The gifts that symbolised Kathleen's life were presented by grandsons, Adam and Evan Cole and Hahhah and Rebekah Cunningham.
The Offertory Gifts were presented by daughter, Gillian and niece, Niamh Martin.
The beautiful music was provided by the organist and Redemptorist choir and the soloist was Susan Doyle.
After Mass burial took place in St. Patrick's cemetery and the large attendance at the Mass and interment and those who called to the family home reflected the esteem by which Kathleen was held by her friends in the community.
Month's Mind Mass on September 29th in St. Joseph's Redemptorist Church at 12.30 a.m.