Evelyn McArdle 1950-2013
Evelyn McArdle, Mounthamilton, Ardee Road, Dundalk who died peacefully on January 6th was a native of Claremorris, Co. Mayo but lived most of her life in Dundalk.
Evelyn was the second youngest of a family of seven of Bernard and Maureen O'Boyle from Ballindine Road, Claremorris.
She joined the Department of Posts and Telegraphs after completing her education and was posted to Dundalk.
It was while working as a telephonist out of the Clanbrassil Street Exchange that Evelyn met and married her husband, Frank and the couple married in 1972.
Although she left her native Mayo at a young age, Evelyn never severed her deep affinity with the county and loyally supported Mayo in their quest for success.
Evelyn was a keen bridge player and had a wide circle of friends. She gave staunch commitment to a number of charitable and voluntary organisations, such as the Kidney Association.
That commitment to the welfare of others undoubtedly came from Evelyn's deep faith especially to Our Lady.
She was a regular pilgrim to the Shrine in Knock, and was a daily attender at Mass with a particularly strong devotion to St. Joseph and St. Thérese of Lisieux.
Evelyn loved to travel and enjoyed visiting many countries.
The sudden nature of her death at such a relatively young age has left Evelyn's family heartbroken for they had spent a wonderful family Christmas and New Year together.
She was a devoted mother and grandmother and they will all miss her loving presence in their lives.
Evelyn is survived by Frank, her sons, Ronan, Declan, Conor, daughters, Sharon and Audry, brothers, Eamonn O'Boyle, (Dundalk), Eugene O'Boyle (Claremorris) and Denis O'Boyle (Claremorris), sisters, Bernie Boyle (Mayo), grandchildren, Jake, Mark, Riaín, Carla, Alanna and Leah, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, cousins, relatives and friends.
She was predeceased by her brothers, John Francis and Bernard Gerald who died in infancy.
Having reposed at her home, Evelyn's remains were taken to St. Mary's Church, Knockbridge where Requiem Mass was celebrated by her nephew Rev. Eugene O'Boyle, Chaplain Mayo General Hospital who gave the eulogy. Also present were Very Rev. Gerard McGinnity, P.P., Knockbridge, Very Rev. Gerry Campbell, P. P., Kilkerley, Very Rev. Mark O'Hagan, Adm., St. Patrick's, Dundalk and Very Rev. Paul Montague, Adm., Parish of the Redeemer. The Readings and the Prayers of Intercession were led by her children.
The Offertory Gifts were presented by grandchildren, Jake, Mark, Riaín and the beautiful music was provided by soloist, Sarah McCourt and the organist was Orla McGeeney.
After Mass burial took place in the adjoining cemetery where there was a large attendance reflecting the deep sense of sadness felt for the family and the esteem by which Evelyn was held.
Month's Mind Mass on February 3rd at 1 p.m. in St. Mary's Church, Knockbridge.