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Nora was a loving mother and loyal friend

Nora Crowley 1918-2011 IT was with great sadness that the family and friends of Nora Crowley (née Murphy) Knockanish, The Spa, learned of her passing on Saturday, July 9. Nora was one of the oldest surviving members of the community of Spa parish.

Born on February 15, 1918 in her beloved Kilcorney, Millstreet she witnessed many dramatic events in her long life.

In 1944 she married James and they set up home in The Spa where she lived until September 2009. They were blessed with a family of five boys and one girl.

Nora was a loving wife and caring mother and devoted all her life to her family. While she was a shy and retiring lady, she still touched the lives of many people and in her eyes everyone was special and important.

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Like all women of her generation she had a great faith. Prayer, Mass and the Eucharist were central to her life.

Nora faced many challenges during her long life. When her husband James died in 1991, this was a time of great sadness but the most difficult challenge of all was when her dear daughter Margaret was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease. For three years she saw Margaret's health deteriorate until God called her home at the age of 48.

Nora's courage and fortitude and her great faith in God helped her accept and cope with this tragedy.

Nora had a great affinity with her 14 grandchildren and her four great-grandchildren who brought new joy to her life. She loved them dearly and they loved her. She revelled in their achievements, experienced the hurt in their disappointments and was at her happiest when they spent time with her.

During her lifetime Nora enjoyed sewing and knitting and was an outstanding cook. She was blessed with wonderful neighbours who were kind and generous and continued to visit her up until the time of her passing.

She was blessed with an outstanding memory and could readily recall events from her childhood with amazing clarity.

Nora was blessed with a long life and excellent health until about two years ago. As her health began to deteriorate, her gentle spirit was very evident in her battle with illness. She rarely complained and was always more concerned about other people than she was about herself.

In September 2009, Nora was admitted to hospital where she spent the rest of her earthly life in the tender care of the nurses and staff of the Loher Ward of Kerry General Hospital. Before her illness Nora was a regular attendant at St Joseph's Day Care Centre in Tralee where she also received great care from Cassandra and her staff. These weekly trips were a source of great enjoyment to her.

The large numbers that attended her removal from the Gleasure Funeral Home and her funeral mass bore testament to the great love and affection in which Nora was held.

She is survived by her sons Dermot, Donal, James, Tom and JJ, her son-in-law Owen, daughters-in-law Kathleen, Joan, Rita, Eileen and Brigid, her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, extended family and friends.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam dílis.

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