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Thursday 27 November 2014

Olive loved to be surrounded by family

Published 02/01/2013 | 10:15

The late Olive Matthews.

Olive Matthews 1937 - 2012

Sadly Olive Matthews, The Laurels, Dundalk who died peacefully in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda on November 28th was predeceased by her husband, Liam just seven months ago.

Olive had bravely battled illness for many years and after the death of Liam on May 21st last a light when out in her life for he was dedicated to her care.

She was one of eight children of Bernard (Brian) and Margaret McEneaney from Pearse Park, and often recalled to her children that she started work the day after her 14th birthday, as was the custom of her day.

She was educated by the Sisters of Mercy in their Convent school, and he first job was in the old handkerchief factory in town.

Later she worked in the textile factory, and then in two of the town's shoe factories, Rawsons and Hallidays.

After her marriage to Liam who was a ESB Supervisor, the family settled The Laurels where Liam lived all his life.

Olive contented herself to be at home looking after her family and relished the occasions when she was surrounded by her family, especially her grandchildren during their Saturday visits when the Matthews home reverberated with the joy of laughter and song.

Olive would join in the signing for she had a good voice and relished a good sing-sing. She also enjoyed the social outlet that a game of bingo provided for it gave her the opportunity to meet friends.

Olive lived for her family and her home and was an excellent homemaker and cook. She accepted her illness with great dignity and courage and deeply appreciated the love and support that she received from her family, especially husband, Liam and daughter, Margaret.

Olive is survived by her daughters, Margaret Mulholland (Ravensdale), Sheila Sharkey ( Kilkerley) and Anne Foster (Belfast),sons, Sean (Dundalk), Kieran (Dundalk), brother, Sean (Marian Park), sisters, May Mitchell (Galway), Bernadette O'Hanlon (Barrack Street), Dympna Woods (Omeath) and Sheila Dawson (Pearse Park), brothersinlaw, sisters- in- law, 15 grandchildren, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.

She was predeceased by her husband, Liam and sisters, Margaret and Breda Hanratty.

Having reposed at her home, Olive's remains were taken to St. Patrick's Cathedral where Requiem Mass was celebrated by Very Rev. M. O'Hagan, Adm., who gave the eulogy.

The Readings were given by grandchildren, David Foster and Gemma Sharkey and the Prayers of Intercession were led by grandchildren, Eimear Mulholland, Aoife Foster, Joseph Foster, Kate Sharkey, Matthew Foster and niece, Anne Marie McEneaney.

The gifts that symbolised Olive's life were presented before Mass by grandchildren, Nicola Mulholland, Ben, Brian and Conor Foster and Eoin Matthews and the Offertory Gifts were presented by brother-in-law, Sean Matthews, sister, Sheila Dawson, nieces, Margaret Mitchell and Geraldine Devlin.

A Communion Reflection was given granddaughter, Lorna Sharkey and the beautiful music was provided by the Cuchullain Singers.

After Mass burial took place in St. Patrick's cemetery where there was a large turnout reflecting the very high regard by which the Matthews family are held.

Month's Mind Mass will be held on December 30th at 11.30 a.m. in St. Patrick's Cathedral.

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