Caring, loving woman devoted to her family

The late Elsie Dowling


AFTER AN ongoing illness Elsie Dowling (nee O'Shea) 48 St John's Park Tralee passed away on Saturday, December 29 at Kerry General Hospital.

Elsie was born on December 23, 1929, one of nine children, to Daniel and Mary Ellen O'Shea. She was was predeceased by Fr Damien, Fr Elisha, Chrissie, Maureen and Anne.

Elsie attended Balloonagh School and after completing her education worked in Balloonagh Laundry. She first met the love of her life Tom Dowling while he worked at Liptons and they married on September 8, 1953.

Originally living in Stack's Villas, they moved to St John's Park in 1962 where they lived happily rearing their five children. They enjoyed 58 years of marriage until Tom died in 2011.

Elsie was a very caring and loving mother to all her children. Above all she was devoted to her family and friends, welcoming all with open arms. She was also engrossed in and loved the company of her 12 grandchildren and great grand -daughter.

Elsie was great company and very kind to all that knew her. She loved her trips to bingo where she enjoyed the company of her many friends.

Elsie spent the last number of weeks of her life in the care of the excellent staff of Kerry General Hospital. Elsie's illness was borne with great dignity with the constant support of her family and friends. Her remains were removed from Hogan's Funeral Home on Sunday, December 30 to St John's Church. Requiem Mass was celebrated on Monday, December 31 followed by burial at New Rath Cemetery.

Elsie's removal and huge funeral the following day were a testimony to her popularity and the high regard in which she was held by family, friends and acquaintances.

Her passing has left a deep void in the lives of her children John, Mary, Damien, Elisha and Catherine. She is also survived by her sister Kathleen, brothers Donal and Stephen as well as her 12 grandchildren, great granddaughter, son-in-law, daughters-in-law, nephews, nieces and cousins.

Elsie's family would like to thank sincerely all the doctors, nurses and catering staff of Kerry General Hospital. They would also like to thank everyone for their support and all those who travelled from near and far to be with them at this difficult time. May Elsie rest in peace.

Elsie Dowling (nee O'Shea) born December 23, 1929, Tralee. Died December 29, 2012, Tralee.

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