Monday 22 January 2018

Kate was a woman of wit and wisdom with a positive attitude

The late Kate Hendrick
The late Kate Hendrick

Kathleen (Kate) Hendrick was a woman who could relate to people of all ages, bringing her wisdom and wit into every day of her life and into the lives of the people fortunate enough to have known her.

Late of Whitemoor, New Ross, where she spent 55 years of her life, Kate passed away peacefully after a short illness at her beloved home surrounded by her family aged 83, on August 4.

Born on July 15, 1933, to Thomas and MaryAnn Quigley of Ballindoney, Rathnure, a place which she remained loyal to all her life, Kate was the youngest of 11 children and was the last surviving child of the family.

Her early education was in Templeudigan, but life events were her biggest educator.

Kate worked in and around New Ross in her early years. She met the love of her life Jack and the happy couple were married on June 13, 1951, at Templeudigan church at 8 a.m. Kate and Jack moved to Woodville outside New Ross and went on to have 11 children. They later moved to Crossing Gates in Rathgarogue and then to Whitemoor.

Even though she lived in Cushinstown, Rathnure always remained close to her heart. Despite suffering health setbacks in her early years, Kate overcame each challenge with amazing strength and would say 'sure there is always someone worse off than yourself' and 'people should never give up or look back'. Kate always maintained a positive, upbeat demeanour and had an infectious smile and passion for life.

She was a member of the ICA and enjoyed playing bingo, word search and watching Sky Sports, regularly alerting her children to upcoming matches.

Kate endured some devastating moments in her life, none moreso than the loss of her husband, Jack, son Tom and grandson, Tommy, but she rallied time and again and never failed to put her family first. She taught all her grandchildren how to play cards and they could never understand how 'Granny never lost'.

Kate enjoyed many trips to see Daniel O'Donnell, which gave her great enjoyment. She loved gardening and flowers and was never happier than when entertaining her family at her home at Whitemoor.

She kept up to speed with technology and used her mobile phone and Google to great effect, constantly offering funny moments for her family.

Kate enjoyed knitting and her slippers are today worn around the globe, (she sent 30 pairs to her daughter Ann and grandchildren and great-grandchildren in Australia one Christmas and kept in touch with her grand-daughter in Oman and grandsons in New Zealand).

Her daughter Frances said: 'She was a great person to be around and was always in good form even when you knew she didn't feel great. She was truly an inspiration to everyone.'

Kate was a very religious woman who treasured her rosary and her many trips to Lourdes, Knock, Rome and Our Lady's Island. She always had a blessed candle lighting for someone and her religion was a great source of comfort to her as she had different crosses which she had to bear in her life.'

Home and family meant everything to her.

'She always made people feel so welcome. With the problems she had in her life, she had a great perspective on everything and knew what was important. She could relate to anyone and never lectured any of us or any of the grandchildren. She had a lovely way of relating to young people.'

Kate's many great qualities and popularity were reflected in the number of people who supported the family in her final days and attended her wake, funeral Mass, where her son Paul paid a lovely tribute to her, and burial on August 6 in Rathgarogue cemetery.

Kate is survived and will be sadly missed by her sons, Patrick, Sean, David and Paul; daughters, Ann, Kathleen, Frances, Philomena and Valerie; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; nieces; nephews; sons-inlaw; daughters-in-law and good friends.

May she rest in peace.

Enniscorthy Guardian

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