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Friday 24 October 2014

Dorrie was full of love for her family

Published 23/08/2014 | 00:00

The death of much-loved Wexford woman Dorrie Whelan (nee Murphy), of Bayview Drive, has caused deep sadness to her family and friends.

Dorrie died in Lawson House on August 6 at the age of 93 years.

A native of Enniscorthy, she came to live at 32 William Street in Wexford with her family at the age of 16.

She always said she loved the town from the moment she stepped off her bicycle after cycling the journey from Enniscorthy.

Dorrie met and married Richard (Dick) Whelan who ran the newsagents and hairdressing salon on North Main Street which was established by his father Pat.

Following Pat's retirement, the business was taken over by their daughter Patricia and son-in-law Jimmy Browne.

As a young couple, Dorrie and Dick settled in her family home in William Street before moving many years later to Bayview Drive.

Dorrie was a loving mother and a skilled home-maker who enjoyed cooking, knitting and sewing.

She adored children and took a special interest in the lives of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

They loved her in return and always called her Dorrie.

A founder member of Wexford Ladies Choir, Dorrie was blessed with a beautiful singing voice.

She performed with the choir on countless occasions and continued as an active member up to her mid-80s.

The choir formed a guard of honour as the funeral cortege left Rowe Street Church where Requiem Mass was celebrated by her friend, Fr. Michael O' Shea.

The readings were done by her son Desmond and her grandchildren Caroline, Stephanie and Mark while great-grandchildren Lauren, Scott, Conor, Sophia and Cara brought the gifts to the altar.

Dorrie was buried with her husband Dick in St. Ibar's Cemetery, Crosstown.

The closely-united couple had been together for over 60 years when Dick sadly passed away in 2006.

Her grandson Clive travelled from his home in New York for the funeral.

Unfortunately, her youngest son Sean, a deep sea sailor, was unable to attend, as he was in West Africa, but he had returned home to visit Dorrie on a number of occasions when her health failed during the previous few months.

Dorrie is survived by her daughters Patricia (Crossabeg) and Lorna (Castlebridge); her sons Raymond (Shetland Islands), Desmond (Wexford town) and Sean (Wexford town); her grandchildren Derek, Richard, Clive, Caroline, Barry, Bobby, Mark, Stephanie, Heather, Liam and Richard; her great-grandchildren Lauren, Scott, Conor, Sophia, Cara and Olivia; her son-in-law Jimmy Browne; her daughters-in-law Ruby and Jing; and her extended family and friends.

She was the last surviving member of her own immediate family, having been pre-deceased by her five brothers and three sisters.

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