The late Margaret Landers
MARGARET Landers (nee Foley) of Templeglantine, Limerick and formerly of Basin View, Tralee, passed away on Sunday, Februay 10, in the tender loving care of the doctors and nurses of Milford Hospice, Limerick.
Aged 83, Margaret was born in Basin View, Tralee in 1930, daughter of the late Tom and Lena Foley. Margaret was educated in Moyderwell Convent, Coláiste Ide and qualified as a Primary School Teacher in Carysfort T.C.
Having taught in the Holy Faith Convent, Greystones, and with the Irish Sisters of Charity, Crumlin, Dublin, Margaret married the late Stan Landers in 1954. Margaret and Stan emigrated to South Africa in 1956. She taught for many years in Johannesburg and was Principal of a girl's boarding school.
Margaret underwent pioneering open heart surgery while still in her 30s and her indomitable spirit and determination helped her to resume her career in education in a variety of ways. Margaret was involved in the area of teacher training and travelled extensively lecturing. She made many friends and formed a close bond with the Holy Rosary Sisters in Coronationville.
Margaret went on to form her own broadcasting company and worked with South African Broadcasting Corporation (S.A.B.C), and a devised a series of television programmes to teach children Road Safety.
She also worked on the very popular 'Siyafunda' series, which was televised to make the Zulu language more widely known. Margaret's ongoing health issues never hindered her zest for life and she achieved great success in the various careers she followed.
Margaret and Stan loved South Africa very much but also kept strong ties with home.
Family visited them and in turn Margaret and Stan visited home and in 1994 they returned to Ireland after 40 years in South Africa
They settled in Templeglantine, Co Limerick where they had many happy years of retirement. Margaret joined the Toastmasters and local Book Club. Margaret's love of literature helped her integrate into the community and she went on to make many friends.
Margaret had a great love of animals and always had pets. She and Stan got Siamsa as a puppy shortly after their return to Ireland and he gave them great company for the next 16 years and Margaret used to refer to them as the 'Trinity'. Margaret had great devotion to St Francis as a fellow animal lover and abhorred any cruelty to animals.
Margaret had a wonderfully close relationship with her husband Stan and after his death in 2011 she was heartbroken and the last two years had been very difficult for her. Margaret died on Sunday, February 10 in Milford Hospice, Limerick.
She was pre-deceased by her brother Tim and is survived by her sisters, Maureen McCarthy, Brenda McMahon and Ena McNeice.
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