Wednesday 26 June 2019

Glamorous Ethel had a great flair for fashion and a real zest for life

Obituary: Ethel Smyth 1926-2018

Ethel Smyth
Ethel Smyth

Ethel Smyth, Ard Easmuinn, Dundalk, passed away peacefully on Tuesday 6 November, 2018, in the loving care of her family and staff at Louth County Hospital, after a short illness.

Ethel (nee Reid) was born on 30 August, 1926 to Patrick and Maryann Reid. She lived her early years in Broughton Street and later Pearse Park with brothers, Frank, Paddy, Brendan, James and Vincent; and sisters, Sheila and Christina. Ethel was educated at Castletown girls’ school and later the Technical College Dundalk.

She served her time as a seamstress in Dearey’s drapery store.

She met and later married Patrick Smyth on 28 August, 1951.

They went on to have six children, Deirdre, Fergus, Brian, Gráinne, Niall and Aisling.

Ethel continued to work at her trade from her home and loved nothing more than dressing both herself and her family. She was a glamorous lady and had great flair for fashion.

Ethel was a very active lady with a great zest for life; she was involved in a lot of volunteer groups including the ladies’ club, the hospice shop, marriage encounter, Cursillo and the active retirement.

She had many interests including art with the local artisans’ group, and she loved to travel. Ethel and Paddy travelled many places around the globe; they even visited China for Ethel’s 80th birthday.

Ethel was pre-deceased by her husband, Patrick; parents, Patrick and Maryann Reid; her brother, Frank; sister, Sheila Rankin; and son-in-law, Tom Ferris.

She is survived by her children, Deirdre Ferris, Fergus, Brian, Gráinne Casey, Niall and Aisling McAlevey; grandchildren, great grandchildren, brothers, sister, nieces and nephews and a lot of very good friends.

After reposing at her daughter Grainne Casey’s home on Wednesday and Thursday, Ethel’s remains were taken to her late residence in Ard Easmuinn by Garda escort and then taken on foot to the Holy Redeemer church for funeral Mass, celebrated by Father Daly PP Togher, assisted by Fr. Matt and Deacon Paul.

Burial took place at Saint Patrick’s Cemetery, Dowdallshill.

Ethel’s Month’s Mind Mass was in the Holy Redeemer church on Sunday 9 December, at 11:30am.

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