Elizabeth was a very kind and caring lady
Elizabeth McDonald, Ard Easmuinn, Dundalk who died peacefully at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda on December 18th was born in Galway but lived in the Dundalk almost all of her life where she was well known and highly regarded.
A mother of eight, Elizabeth, or 'Lala' as she was known to family and friends since childhood, lived for her family will be greatly missed for she had a kind and generous nature.
Born in 1932 in Galway, Elizabeth was a daughter of Eugene and Alice Creegan. Sadly she had a twin brother, Dominic who died at childbirth.
Elizabeth's family moved to Blackrock in Dundalk when she was six and she attended Blackrock N.S. and later St. Vincent's Secondary school. She then embarked on a career in hairdressing and worked in Dublin and London before returning to Dundalk. It was at a dance in the Town Hall in Dundalk that Elizabeth met her husband, Pa, who was the organiser of the dance and the couple married two years later in St. Patrick's Cathedral.
Their marriage was blessed with six sons and two daughters, and Elizabeth was a very loving, caring and hardworking wife and mother, whose life revolved round her family. Times were hard, especially with a family of eight to bring up, but Elizabeth was a terrific cook, and homemaker, and her family took priority over her own needs.
That devotion to family extended to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, whom she adored, and a birthday or special occasion was never forgotten.
At family occasions which she relished, Elizabeth would always encourage a sing song, and a rendering of her favourite party piece 'My Heart and I' was always guaranteed.
For her leisure pursuits, Elizabeth liked a game of bingo, and she enjoyed watching TV, especially sports. Her love of animals was renowned and reflected in her attachment to own dog 'Sally'.
Elizabeth was a kind, caring lady with a generous heart that never allowed anyone in need to go without.
As her health deteriorated in recent years hospital visits became more frequent and sadly she had to vacate the family home in Ard Easmuinn to live with her son, Gerry and his wife, Rose, where she was lovingly cared for with the support of all her family.
Her death has left a void in the lives of her family that can never be replaced, but they are consoled by their many, many happy memories of the time they shared.
Elizabeth is survived by her sons, Gerry (Blakely Close), Charlie (Oaklawns), Eugene (Annagassan), Patrick (Clan Cuchlainn Park), Cormac (Lois Meade, Blackrock Road) and Ken (Louth), daughters, Rosario (Woodview Terrace, Blackrock Road), and Catherina (Mullingar), brothers, Ron and Eugene and sister, Patsy Byrne, 26 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, relatives and friends.
She had been predeceased by her husband, Pa, and twin brother, Dominic.
Having reposed at the home of her son, Gerry, Blakely Close, Elizabeth's remains were taken to the Church of the Holy Redeemer where Requiem Mass was celebrated by Very Rev. Paul Montague, Adm., who gave a very moving eulogy on Elizabeth's life.
The Readings were given by sons, Gerry and Eugene and the Prayers of Intercession were led by granddaughters, Amy, Aine, Debbie and Kerry McDonald, Sarah Mulholland and great-grandson, Shane McDonald.
The gifts that symbolised Elizabeth's life were presented before Mass by granddaughters, Abbey and Grace McDonald, son Eugene and great-grandson, Kyle McDonald.
The Offertory Gifts were presented by sister, Patsy Byrne and brother, Eugene Creegan, and the soloist for the beautiful music was Alice Hoey. Sadly a number of Elizabeth's grandchildren and great-grandchildren who are in America were unable to make it home for her funeral and they will miss her greatly.
After Mass burial took place in St. Patrick's cemetery and the large attendance at the Mass and interment reflected the family's strong links with the town and the deep regard by which Elizabeth was held.
Month's Mind Mass in Church of the Holy Redeemer on January 19th at 10 a.m.