THE PASSING of the late Esther ( Ettie) Darcy has brought great sadness to the lives of those who knew and loved her.
Ettie sadly passed away on October 7 at her home in Whitechurch surrounded by her loving family.
The daughter of William and Dora Redmond, Ettie was born in Ballintubber in 1925 and later moved with her family to Scarke where she lived until her marriage to her late husband Tommy Darcy in 1953 when she then moved to Whitechurch.
She was one of eight children and was sadly predeceased in life by her brothers Tommy, Jimmy and Paddy and sisters Maggie and Annie. She is survived by her brother Jack who is living in Dublin and her sister Dolly who resides in Waterford.
As a young woman she worked for well-known local families, the Lee's of Rosegarland and Tindle's of Oaklands, before working in the former District Hospital in New Ross.
Ettie was very much a family orientated person and took great interest in the lives of her children Seamus, Dora and Mary and her five grandchildren, Collette, Elaine, Walter, Jamie and Karen, who she loved dearly. Sadly, Ettie mourned the loss of her granddaughter Lorna, who died in infancy.
Her home was always an open one and Ettie always had her door open to callers. No one would be allowed leave her house without having tea. Even following her passing, it was Ettie's wish that everyone who attended her wake and funeral would not go home without having something to eat.
A woman of deep faith, Ettie's religion was very important to her and she would regularly call on St. Anthony if she heard of someone who was sick or if any of her grandchildren were doing exams.
Among Ettie's greatest interests in life was sport. She was a Manchester United fan and loved following the team's successes. She lived for horse racing and together with her daughter - in - law Mary would study the form and loved to have a flutter on the races. Playing cards was another great pastime of Ettie's as were solving cross word puzzles.
A well-liked and respected member of the local community, the esteem in which Ettie was held was reflected in the large numbers of mourners who attended her funeral on both days. Her Funeral Mass was concelebrated in Ballykelly Church by Fr. Gerard O'Leary, Monsignor Don Kenny, Fr. Michael Collendar OSA, Fr. Roger O'Neill and Fr. John Nolan.
Ettie is deeply missed by her son Seamus ( Lacken Valley, New Ross), daughters Dora Kent ( Newtown, Ramsgrange) and Mary Culleton ( Whitechurch), daughter-in-law Mary, sons-in-law Frank and John, grandchildren, Collette, Elaine, Walter, Jamie and Karen, her brother Jack (Dublin), sister Dolly ( Waterford), sisters-in-law Neita, Stasia and Kitty and her many nieces and nephews, relatives and friends.
Ettie's Month's Mind Mass will be celebrated in Ballykelly Church on Sunday, November 11 at 11.30 a.m.
May she rest in peace.