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Mary's motto was 'smile and keep going'

Mary Conlon 1945 - 2012

Published 28/11/2012 | 09:52

Mary Conlon, Channonrock, Louth died on November 5th in the loving care of her family and nursing staff of St.Vincent's Hospital Dublin following a short illness which she bore with both strength and courage.

Mary was one of seven children, three boys ans four girls, of Nancy and the late John Leonard, Togher.

She was educated in Walshestown N.S. and received her secondary education at the Sacred Heart Convent, Drogheda.

She started her working career with Frank Roe solicitor.

This was followed by a time working at the Old Abbey Ballroom.

She then moved to Robert Usher Textiles, Greenhills where she remained until her marriage to John Conlon in October 1969.

Mary was a very hard worker, running the family farm and a pub and cared for John, who developed MS for 27 years, while also rearing their three girls Ann, Linda and Elaine. Her motto was always 'smile and keep going'.

Mary had a strong faith. She took John to Lourdes on numerous occasions, attended daily Mass during Lent and November and whenever she saw a herd of cattle grazing would say 'God Bless them' likewise with a field full of grain.

Mary was predeceased by her husband John in 2002 and her father in 1991.

Throughout her life Mary had many hobbies and interests. She loved needlecraft and had a great eye for colour.

Indeed she made her wedding dress and those of her bridesmaids. She loved flower arranging and holidays abroad.

The best holiday she spent was in Las Vegas where she celebrated her 65th birthday with her twin sister, Ann O'Sullivan and daughter, Ann.

She enjoyed cards with ' the boys' and shopping with her girls, but her greatest achievement was the setting up and developing the Pitch & Putt Club.

She loved and enjoyed everything associated with it!

Mary will be greatly missed by all who knew her, especially by her three daughters, Ann, Linda and Elaine, mother, Nancy, sons- in -law, Breffni and Seamus, grandchildren, John, Michael, Colin, James, Aoife and Rebecca, brothers, Johnny, Michael and Anthony Leonard ( Togher), twin sister Ann O'Sullivan (Port) and sisters, Betty Fairclough (Port) and Pat Kenny (Dromiskin) and her extended family and friends.

Having reposed at her home, Requiem Mass was celebrated in the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Louth by Rev. Tommy McGeough Ardee, uncle of her late husband, assisted by Very Rev. Sean Quinn P.P. Louth, Very Rev. Thomas Daly P.P. Togher. Also present was Very Rev. Patrick McEnroe P.P. Darver/Dromiskin. The altar servers were Oran, Jamie and Oisin.

Gifts symbolising Mary's life were presented at the altar by grandsons, James and Colin Campbell, twin sister, Ann O'Sullivan and her friend Eileen O' Rourke.

The Readings were given by friend, Margaret Conlon and niece, Roisin Duffy while the Prayers of Intercession were led were led by nieces, Niamh, Paula and Siobhan and the beautiful reflection was given by nephew, James Mulholland.

The beautiful singing was by James Conlon, the final hymn being one of Mary's favourites "The Old Rugged Cross".

The altar was beautifully decorated by Veronica McMahon.

Month's Mind Mass will be celebrated in Louth Church on Thursday December 6th at 7.30 pm.

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