Tuesday 20 March 2018

Elegant and glamorous - that was Mary Martin

Mary Martin, 68, of Killester, Dublin (and late of Kellystown, Slane) passed away peacefully on Monday 3rd October 2016 after a short illness.

Mary, daughter of James and Rosemary Devin and loving sister to her siblings - Patsy, Michael, Margaret and Patricia was born on the 8th December 1947 and was raised on the family farm in Kellystown.

A consummate mother and homemaker, Mary was an excellent cook and enjoyed preparing meals and baking delights for any family occasion.

She devoted her life to her late husband of 45 years Michael and to her four daughters Tara, Sandra, Gillian and Elaine ensuring they got the best of everything.

She was extremely close to her daughters or "best friends" as she called them and loved socialising with them, trying out the newest restaurants or going to see the latest movie. Over the years, she welcomed her Son-in-Laws: Will, Barry, and Stephen into the family and of course she was so proud of her beloved grandchildren: Lia, Cian, Ben, Zach, Ella & Sarah. Mary, like Michael, loved spending time with them whether it was the weekly trip to McDonalds or spoiling them with chocolate and treats; no matter what the occasion she loved being in their company. Mary also loved travelling to different countries with Michael and her daughters to experience new cultures and recounting many a tale on her return home.

She began her career as a Cook at the Meath Hospital, a role she really enjoyed but as was commonplace at the time, she put her career on hold to have a family after marrying Michael.

Years later, when her four daughters were reared she returned to the workplace as a Special Needs Assistant at St. Brigid's Boys School in Killester and later on in St. Brendan's Boys School in Artane. Mary developed long lasting friendships with some of the staff at both schools and was devoted to the children that were in her care. To further her education she attended various courses with her sister-in-law Enda at Killester College of Further Education learning new skills and enjoying the many class excursions.

Mary was a much loved and very popular lady. In fact, when you think of Mary the words 'glamourous' and 'elegant' spring to mind, never a hair out of place and always wearing the latest fashion. She was also very house proud ensuring her beautiful home was up to date with the latest trends. She has set a very high standard for her daughters to live up to and will be very sadly missed.

The family would like to thank everyone who have supported them at this very difficult time and a mass will be offered for your intentions.

We would like to give a special thanks to the Oncology team and all the staff in the Cara Ward; St Vincent's Private Hospital who looked after her extremely well and P.Townley & Sons Ltd. Funeral Directors.

Drogheda Independent