THE PASSING of the late Josie O'Connor has caused great sadness amongst her family and friends.
Josie sadly passed away on November 25, just months after the passing of her loving husband Stephen who passed away on May 6, 2012.
Josie devoted all of her life to her husband and family and she was a loving mother from the tender age of 18 years.
She married Stephen on May 3, 1949 and moved from her native Rathfardon, Poulpeasty, to Castle Annaghs, New Ross, where she reared her eight children; Stephen, Tom, Margaret, Ger, Kevin, Mary, Helen and Brendan.
Josie, like most grandmothers, also played a big part in the upbringing of her grandchildren of whom there were 18 when she sadly passed away.
Providing for her family was the epicentre of Josie's life. Her first twenty years at Annaghs while rearing her family, saw Josie work tirelessly on the farm milking cows by hand, creating buttermilk to bake bread and making salted butter that only the older generations will remember.
In 1993 Josie and Stephen moved from Annaghs to Rosbercon where they would spend the rest of their happy days until 2012.
People who knew Josie will fondly remember her as a truly kind, caring person, who always put others before herself.
All who visited left with a hunger to return for more of her carefully baked food but most importantly left with the wisdom that they had a trusted friend and could return anytime to confide in her knowing that her sympathetic and caring heart would again have their full attention. If guidance was required it would be instantly offered.
During the last few years of Josie's life, she was diagnosed with Alzheimers, an illness she fought for years with great courage together with her husband Stephen and children. Sadly, nature took its course and led to her admission to the New Haughton Hospital in May 2012. Josie spent her last six months in the professional care of the staff there, most of whom have very fond members of Josie visiting her sister Mary there in previous years.
Josie devoted all of her life to her family and had her own special way with each and every one of them. She was a lady of great faith and belief in God and the power of prayer. She always proclaimed that those who prayed together stayed together.
She is and will always be sadly missed by many but especially by her family. May she rest in peace.