Marion Doran was a very stylish lady
THE DEATH of Marion Doran aged 42 following an illness has occasioned great sadness in New Ross, where she was known as a hard-working and warm-hearted person.
Marion, of 26 High Hill, fought a long hard battle with her illness with dignity and determination, until she succumbed to it on Tuesday, July 15.
Born on June 20 in 1972 to Mikie and Betty Doran (née Power), Marion was the second eldest daughter of the family.
She is survived by her sisters, Bridget (O'Connor), Sharon (Bennett) and Christina (Darby); brothers-in-law, Tom, Derek and David; nephew Michael O'Connor and niece Kasey O'Connor.
Marion attended St. Joseph's NS and St Mary's Secondary School. She went on to study Silver Service and Culinary Arts at Montague Hotel, Portlaoise. Marion worked for over ten years in The Tea Rooms, South Street, New Ross as a chef, cook and waitress.
Following this she worked for over 14 years in Centra, Irishtown as a Scanning Co-Ordinator.
An outgoing, warm person, Marion increased her circle of friends many times over the years and enjoyed socialising and going for meals with all her work colleagues.
She continued to work part-time throughout her treatment and was working up to two weeks before her passing. Marion was an active member of the New Ross Penny Bank Society and a former member of the New Ross Junior Chamber. She also helped to organise many St. Patrick's Day parades.
Among her other hobbies were listening to music, reading crime novels, meeting, socialising and talking with friends and knitting scarves; something she continued throughout her treatment and gave gifts of them to many nurses in the Oncology departments she attended.
She is remembered by her family and friends as a quiet, unassuming person who enjoyed the craic and was very happy in her own skin and environment.
Marion's was a well known face in the Oncology Department in University Hospital Waterford and she was a friend to many cancer patients whom she helped with her kind words of wisdom, knowledge of the illness and by lending a listening ear.
A family member said: 'She lived for today and never worried about tomorrow. She was happiest sitting at the kitchen table drinking tea and having a laugh with her family and many friends.'
Marion enjoyed baking at home and was well known for her chocolate biscuit cake.
She also enjoyed going for lunch with her niece Kasey.
'She had a strong sense of style, her hair could be any colour and a night out or a visit to the hospital always started with the "putting on of false nails". She was also known for her huge collection of handbags and thought nothing of purchasing more than one a week.'
Marion was a much loved daughter, sister, aunt, niece, friend and colleague and her passing has left a huge void in many people's lives and hearts and her large funeral emphasised that Marion was a person who was very much loved in her community.
Marion was held in such high esteem with her work colleagues that they provided a guard of honour for her from her place of work to her final resting place in St. Stephen's Cemetery, Irishtown, New Ross.
May her gentle soul rest in peace.
New Ross Standard