The late Elizabeth Lil O'Sullivan
The death of Elizabeth Lil O'Sullivan occurred on 26th July 2012. It was with great sadness that the news reached her many friends especially those who knew her best, in Scartaglen.
Lil, affectionately known to many as 'Auntie', was a loving and kind lady who always had a smile and a gentle word of encouragement for everyone who was lucky enough to share her friendship.
Lil was born on 6th March 1919 to Hannah and Edward Quirke on a small farm in Clahane, Ballyard. Lil shared the family home with her parents and three brothers and lived life contentedly in the Vale of Tralee. Lil commenced her working life in Tralee looking after a young family, a job she was well equipped for with her kind and caring nature.
Lil met and married the love of her life Dan O'Sullivan and they set up home together in Mullin, Cordal, Castleisland near Scartaglen. Lil lived very happily in her new surrounding and soon had many great friends and neighbours to share her life with. Lil was a proud home maker and she was always happy when complimented on her home. One of Lil's great talents was that she was a great baker and she could always be relied on for fresh bread, scones and apple pie.
Lil and Dan were not blessed with children of their own, however Lil took care of her niece Lily when she came to live with her as a young girl. Lil reared Lily as her own and opened her home to her for many years.
Lil often commented on how lucky she was to be surrounded by such lovely neighbours.
They looked out for Lil after Dan's death and gave her the wonderful support which was needed to allow her continue living in Mullin.
Lil could also be relied upon by her neighbours and she often helped out with painting, housework, baking, minding children, farm and field work. Lil enjoyed working and believed that hard work was the secret to a long and happy life.
Later in her life Lil lived with her niece Mary in Killarney. Lil provided great support to Mary in caring for her daughter Lisa who had a disability. Lil had a wonderful bond with Lisa and they spent many happy hours in each other's company.
Lil loved company and was well known for rambling around to the houses of friends and relatives where she would stay for a holiday. Lil however wasn't idle for long and she would be up helping with the housework or doing a bit of sewing. Lil also loved social occasions especially if there was music and she could get up for the polka and she also taught many people how to waltz.
In 2005 Lil moved to St Joseph's Nursing Home in Killorglin and was given a great welcome by Sister Mary and her team. Lil was very happy and content there and took part in all the activities offered including arts and crafts, cards, music and dancing.
Lil spoke very highly of the staff in St Joseph's and often said that they did everything for her because she had worked so hard all of her life. All of Lil's needs were met in St Joseph's and she thoroughly enjoyed welcoming her loyal friends who called regularly to visit her.
During her lifetime, Lil experienced a great deal of personal hardship and it is testament to her strong faith that she bore those crosses with such grace. Dan predeceased Lil in 1979 and she nursed him through his final illness,
Lil also cared for her brother Eddie in Mullin before he passed away.
Lil was also predeceased by her brothers Jack and Timmy, and her nephew Eamon and her nieces Mary and Joan. Through all the difficult times Lil's dedication to the Rosary was unwavering and she never went to bed at night without her beads to say her prayers.
Lil lived to the age of 93 years and she was very proud of this and was always delighted when people said that she looked younger than her years.
Lil is survived by her nieces, nephews, grandnieces grandnephews and extended family.
Lil will be remembered for her kindness, the love she had for children, her deep faith, her love of life and her generosity of spirit.
May Lil now enjoy her eternal reward in heaven. May she rest in peace.