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The late Mary ‘Maisie’ Whitty

The late Mary ‘Maisie’ Whitty

The late Mary ‘Maisie’ Whitty

The death occurred recently of Mary (Maisie) Whitty in the love and care of her family at the great age of 92.

Maisie (née Shannon) died on March 14 at her home, following an illness.

Late of Fisherstown, Campile, she grew up in Ballymaclare alongside her sister Josie and attended school in Ballymaclare. Maisie's life changed the moment she met John Whitty after prayers in the local church.

John used to bring Maisie home on the bar of his bicycle. The romance blossomed and they were married on June 12, 1950, and Maisie went on to have nine children: Thomas, James, Kathleen, Noel, William, Josephine, Mary, Mags and Ann.

Aside from rearing the children - many of them after the young passing of John 42 years ago - Maisie always liked to keep busy. She helped out on the farm and was the best mother anyone could wish for. Her brown bread was legendary and anyone who visited the Whitty home were treated to some along with a strong cup of tea as the kettle was forever on.

She made bibs and clothes for her children and was a big fan of country music, especially Foster & Allen and Daniel O'Donnell.

She was a woman of great faith who said the rosary every night with John and later on her own, and who attended mass every Sunday.

She was a loyal friend and a devoted, loving mother who treated everyone the same.

Maisie had no fear and in her seventies went up on a microlight plane with a relative through marriage.

She had nine children, 28 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.

Maisie loved to put up a May Bush every year and decorated it. She began the tradition when she got married and kept it going over the following years.

She loved her brooches and she had so many that on the day of her funeral each member of the family was able to wear one: sons, daughters, sons-in-laws, daughters-in-laws, grandchildren and great-grandchildren in a wonderful tribute to her.

She enjoyed great health up until she was 80 when she suffered a setback, but Maisie being Maisie she bounced back and went on to have several more years of great health.

Two and a half years ago she took ill and sadly her condition deteriorated earlier this year.

She passed away peacefully at her home on March 13, surrounded by her family.

Her daughter Ann, who care for her, said: 'She raised the nine of us. She was one in a million.'

A large crowd of family and friends attended her wake where they saw Maisie in her wedding gown. She was removed to St James's Church, Horeswood, arriving for funeral Mass at 11 a.m. At her burial afterwards in Horeswood Cemetery family members joined Stephen Murphy as he sang one of her favourite songs, Gentle Mother.

Maisie is deeply missed by Thomas, James, Kathleen, Noel, William, Josephine, Mary, Mags and Ann; Josie; her brother-in-law Maurice, grandchildren; great-grandchildren; nephews; nieces; relatives and friends. She was predeceased by John, daughter-in-law Margaret Lennon, son-in-law Martin Nolan; and her grandchildren Eppie and Gary.

May her gentle soul Rest in Peace.

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