Saturday 19 January 2019

Betty loved nothing more than a sing song

Obituary - Bridget (Betty) McBride 1925-2017

The death has occurred of Betty McBride nee Milne, Nunneryland, Termonfeckin on Sunday, December 10th 2017.

Betty came from a family of ten in Trinity Street, Drogheda. She was born on February 23rd, 1925, the second eldest after older sister Annie who pre-deceased her in May 2016 aged 94 years.

She is also predeceased by her sisters Lily and Mary and her brother Paddy.

Tommy and Kathleen are in England, Rhonda, Peter and John are all in Drogheda.

Betty worked in the Boyne Mill before she met John McBride from Donegal whom she went on to marry in 1950. John passed away 30 years ago. They stayed in town for a few years having their family; the couple had ten children, seven daughters and three sons.

Five of her children were born in town and the other half in Termonfeckin.

They moved to Termonfeckin in January 1958; she would have been 50 years there on January 13th, 2018.

Betty had a tough life in the early years rearing her family but nothing ever phased her. She was blessed with good health and enjoyed nothing more than a sing song and dancing. She loved going to hear her son-in-law, Val Rogers, play in any venue she knew she would get to sing a song.

She loved travelling in the early years with her sisters and brothers, then in latter years with her own family. She travelled all over Ireland, especially to Donegal to see all her in-laws.

Betty also went to Lanzarote, Canada and Boston and did a Mediterranean cruise. But there was nothing she loved better than her twice weekly trip to bingo; Clogherhead on Monday night and The Barbican on Thursday nights.

She had a great memory for crosswords and jigsaws and loved knitting.

Betty will be sorely missed by all her family, especially Rose, Charles, Paddy, Colette, Ann, Sean, Eileen, Katherina, Noeleen and Marie, her sons-in-law, daughters-in-law and all her grandchildren - 40 in total. She had a lot of time for them. Her granddaughter Corina predeceased her in October 2011, aged 32.

She was the family’s rock when it came to any cross we had to bare, we will miss her terribly. The chain has been broken.

May She Rest in Peace.

Drogheda Independent