Wednesday 18 July 2018

Mai Franklin (76) had an independent spirit and a quick wit

The late Mai Franklin
The late Mai Franklin

Mai Franklin of Millquarter, Newbawn, passed away peacefully on June 30 at University Hospital Waterford, following a life fully lived.

Mai was born on May 2, 1941, as World War II raged across Europe.

Her parents were Aidan and Catherine Venn and she had one brother, Edno.

Mai spent her young life living in New Ross.

She married Jim in 1986 and moved to Millquarter. Mai settled quickly into the rhythm of country life and even kept donkeys and chickens.

Mai was often seen running up the road with a stick trying to get the donkeys into the field.

Mai and Jim never had any children, but they had many nieces and nephews who they loved spending time with.

Mai loved to sing and she was an active member of Cushinstown church choir. Her party piece when not singing was always Boolavogue, and she sang it wonderfully.

Mai always enjoyed spending time with her friends in Raheen Day Care Centre and everyone there was very good to her. She loved going on day trips away while a resident at the centre. She would travel into New Ross every Friday for her pension and to shop.

Mai loved to travel with Jim and the magnetic couple made many fabulous holidays together in America and Europe. She loved animals and her family and had a great passion for life. An extremely independent and strong willed woman, she loved politics, and was well known in her native New Ross. Mai loved a good joke and a sing song and was always the life and soul of the party. She will be remembered for her quick wit and her larger-than-life personality.

Mai passed away suddenly following a lengthy illness aged 76 on June 30.

A large crowd attended Mai's funeral Mass in Cushinstown church where the church choir sang beautifully in her honour. She was laid to rest in Cushinstown cemetery.

May her gentle soul rest in peace.

New Ross Standard