Sunday 21 January 2018

Ellis loved family, home and garden

THE LARGE crowd in attendance at the funeral mass of Ellis Browne (nee Hayes) at St James Church, Horeswood was a true testament to her popularity and the high esteem in which she was held throughout the community.

Ellis was born in 1947 to Tom and Johanna Hayes of St James Villas, Campile. She had three brothers, Tommy, Henry and Patsy (predeceased), and one sister, Rosemary.

Having finished her schooling in Horeswood, Ellis started her working career in Jack Forristal's electrical shop in Campile.

Following this, Ellis worked in the local co-op in Campile, where she was in charge of the window displays. Her attention to detail was evident from a young age and her favourite time of year at the co-op was Christmas. Every year, accompanied by her manager Jim Byrne, Ellis would make the trip to Dublin to select toys and fancy goods for the Christmas season.

In 1975 Ellis left the co-op to raise her family in Horeswood, Campile. Ellis enjoyed the simple things in life: her family, her home and her garden.

For Ellis her family was the most important aspect of her life; she adored her three grandchildren, Zara, Alex and Elora. Ellis's second love was her garden, which was passed onto her from her mother Johanna. Ellis was at her happiest knee deep in clay and was a familiar sight to local residents in the middle of her rockery.

Although Ellis wasn't fond of travelling she enjoyed a few trips and loved visiting her Auntie Phyllis in London. She also enjoyed her annual outing with the ICA but her favourite trips of all were her weekly trips to town with her best friend Kathleen.

Ellis and Kathleen were best friends for 41 years and never had a cross word between them. It was rare to see one without the other out and about.

Ellis's two big sporting loves were badminton and tennis. She won many trophies in both sports and played tennis well into her forties.

As a testament to her dedication to tennis Ellis came home early from her honeymoon to play a club final match.

Ellis will be fondly remembered for her time at Campile Co-op; her time on the stage with the Campile Pantomime Group; her love of tennis and badminton; her time working in Henry's and her time tending her garden.

She is remembered by her family as a chatty personality and for her thoughtful and kind nature. Ellis was also someone who was totally devoted to her family and close friends.

Ellis is survived by her husband John; children, Barry and Sandra; son-in-law Brian; daughter-in-law Kara; grandchildren, Zara, Alex and Elora; extended family and friends.

Ellis's month's mind Mass will take place in St James Church, Horeswood, on Friday, April 4, at 7:30 pm.

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