Annie Berrill, Sportsmanshall, Lisdoo Road, Dundalk who died peacefully in her 101st year in the tender care of the nurses and staff of Dealgan Nursing Home on November 8th had celebrated her 100th birthday party in the home on September 5th last.
Annie was one of eight children of John and Mary Berrill. The family resided first in Maxwells Row and later Dowdallshill before moving to Lisdoo.
After completing her primary education, Annie worked in the laundry on Castle Road run by the Sisters of Mercy and later she worked as housekeeper for the Keelan and Myles families.
However, when her only sister, Mary died at a young age leaving four children, Annie dedicated herself to caring for the children, two girls, Kathleen and Margaret who are now resident in England and two boys, Michael and Brendan who are now deceased.
She later came to hold a special place in the lives of her brother, Michael's family after he was killed in a road accident, and in the lives of her brothers, Joe, Seamus and Fred who lived with her all their lives.
Although she never had any children herself, she was a mother figure to many of her nieces and nephews and that unselfish dedication to her family, putting their needs before herself, was referred to by Rev. Garret Campbell in his eulogy and at Mass in St. Nicholas the following day. He found it particularly gratifying to see such devotion to family and felt that it was an inspiration to many.
Annie's love of family saw her travelling to England where she spent many happy holidays with her nephews and nieces, while she also enjoyed travelling north with her grand niece and nephew Jacqueline and Michael.
Her garden was the other love of her life and she worked alongside her brother, Fred at their home in Sportsmanshall, tending to the flowers, as will as raising hens to ensure a plentiful supply of eggs as well as turkeys for Christmas.
Annie lived independently at home until she had a fall at the age of 98 and for the past two years she had been living in Dealgan House where she has charmed staff and fellow residents with her gentle and kind nature.
Remarkably in her 100th year, Annie got a summons to jury service at Dundalk Circuit Court last October, and the summons caused a great deal of amusement in her family, especially when she got a reply that she was not needed this time.
There were great celebrations when Annie celebrated her 100th birthday on September 5th as family, friends and neighbours gathered in Dealgan House nursing home to help Annie celebrate her milestone birthday with Mass celebrated by Fr Tom Lawson OP, followed by a party.
The family are grateful for the loving care Annie received in Dealgan.
Annie is survived by her nieces, nephews, grandnephews, grandnieces and the entire family circle in Ireland and beyond. She was predeceased by brothers, Charlie, Michael, Seamus, Joe, Fred and Johnny and sister, Mary.
Having reposed at her home, Annie's remains were taken to St. Nicholas Church, where Requiem Mass was celebrated by Rev. G. Campbell, C.C., who delivered the eulogy.
The Readings were given by Anne Lambe and Michael Berrill and the Prayers of Intercession were led by Linda Corrigan, Sean Lennon, Julie Lennon and Donna Berrill.
The Offertory Gifts and personal gifts were presented by Mark Lambe, Colm Quinn, Kay Freeman and Michaela Lennon.
The music was provided by soloist Joan Eaton and the organist was Sarah Coggins.
After Mass burial took place in St. Patrick's cemetery.
Month's Mind Mass will be held on December 9th at 12 noon in St. Nicholas' Church.