THE DEATH of Margaret Geraghty, St. Mary's Villas, Kilsaran on October 7 has left her family heartbroken.
Margaret was a real lady, a devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who died surrounded by her loving family. She was a lucky woman, lucky enough to have lived a life that most would be proud of, despite the crosses she had to carry.
Originally from Annagassan, Margaret was born in 1936, the youngest daughter of Winifred and Jack Kavanagh. She worked in the button factory in Castlebellingham for some time before she met her husband, Kevin who was a native of Charleville, Dunleer, and settled down at the young age of 18.
She lived in Salterstown, then Dromin before moving to Kilsaran, where she raised a family of twelve, six boys and six girls.
Sadly her daughter, Carmel died in 1982 at the age of 27, her son, John died in 1989 at the age of 30, her daughter, Rosaleen died in 2011 at the age of 49 and another daughter, Bernie died just four weeks before Margaret at the age of 52.
The deaths of her children was a huge blow to Margaret as it would be to any individual, for it left her brokenhearted.
Margaret was a friend to everyone and could never bring herself to see wrong in anyone. Totally unselfish, Margaret would put her family and others before herself.
She enjoyed her last few holidays on the Continent with her husband, Kevin which really did embody their illustrious live together. Only last May she visited Knock Shrine and was planning to visit again this October.
Margaret's life was all about routine, attending Mass each Sunday, along with visiting her friend, Sinead every Saturday, and going to Ardee every Friday for her weekly shopping.
She had great devotion to St. Gerard's Novena for she visited the Shrine in the Redemptorist Church every Thursday and poignantly passed away on the first day of the Novena.
The death of her husband, Kevin in 2008 left a void in Margaret's life that was never really filled, even though her children were very good to her and made sure that she always came first.
When her daughter, Rosaleen who resided with Margaret died in 2011 she was brokenhearted and her family would say that she died from a broken heart.
Margaret is survived by her sons, Patsy, Eugene, Anthony, Martin, and Derek, daughters, Mary Carroll, June Kirk and Rachel O'Brien, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, sistersin- law, Rose Hand and Cathy Kavanagh and many good friends.
Margaret's remains were taken from her home to St. Mary's Church, Kilsaran where Requiem Mass was celebrated by Very Rev. Aidan Murphy, P.P., Termonfeckin. He was assisted by Very Rev Tom Daly, P. P., Togher, Very Rev. Sean Quinn, Dillonstown, Very Rev. Mark O'Hagan, Adm., St. Patrick's, Dundalk, and Rev. Gareth Campbell, C.C., St. Patrick's, Dundalk.
The Readings were given by son, Anthony, and granddaughter, Kelly Anne McGrory, while the Prayers of Intercession were led by grandchildren, and her god child, Shirley who she loved in life.
The gifts were presented by daughters, June and Rachel and the music was provided by Patsy Breen. Margaret's granddaughter, Kelly Anne gave a very moving Communion reflection.
The huge attendance at the Requiem Mass and interment was an indication of the impact that Margaret made on so many lives for she lived and died as everyone's friend.