Friday 24 May 2019

Kathleen (100) lived a simple life


The late Kathleen Hoynes
The late Kathleen Hoynes

Kathleen Hoynes, who died in her 101st year on August 12, lived a full life of faith and devotion to her family, attributing her great age to eating porridge every morning and before bed every night.

Kathleen died on August 12 at St Joseph's Nursing Home in Ferrybank, six weeks shy of her 101st birthday.

She was born to George and Bridget O'Connor of Glenmore on September 24, 1917. The third eldest in a family of ten, Kathleen grew up with her brothers and sisters: John, Bridget, Maureen, Patrick, Michael, Eddie, Luke, Stephen and Peggy,

She attended Ballyfacey NS and loved being in school from the first day. Kathleen cycled 13km every morning to Holy Faith secondary school and 13km home every evening. When she finished school she studied nursing at the County & City Infirmary in Waterford, going on to work in a boys boarding school in Nantwich in Cheshire, before moving to London.

This represented a huge change from rural Ballyfacey and unsurprisingly took some time to get accustomed to. Kathleen lived in London during World War II and in her capacities as a nurse dealt with many soldiers and citizens who had been traumatised and injured from bombings and the war.

Kathleen married Phil Hoynes in 1947 and they had ten children: Michael, Mary, Bridget, Anna, Gerard, Margaret, John, Carmel, Paddy and Rita, who sadly passed away in 2015.

As someone who always highlighted the importance of education, Kathleen encouraged all of her children to fulfil their potential.

Kathleen settled in to farming life and like many farmer's wives was a very hard worker both inside and outside of the house.

No matter how busy she was at home and on the farm, she always made time to drive to Mass in Glenmore every morning. Kathleen travelled to Knock, Lough Derg, Lourdes, Lisieux, Rome and Medjugorje. A woman of deep faith she prayed daily to Our Lady and to St Therese of Lisieux.

Kathleen enjoyed helping out with the local church in many different ways and was awarded the prestigious Bene Merenti Medal in recognition of her services in 2014.

Known for her beautiful handwriting, Kathleen continued penning letters into her old age to her siblings and grandchildren. She did not embrace technology, believing face to face communication is best.

She drove her car well into her nineties and was a common sight on the roads around South Kilkenny as she travelled to the shops in New Ross or Waterford, and also to Mass. She as a familiar face at the Mount Carmel Monastery in New Ross.

Shocks in life never upset her greatly and she embraced every day with great positivity and purpose.

Kathleen spent two years at the Little Sisters of the Poor St Joseph's Nursing Home in Ferrybank, Waterford, where she died surrounded by her family on August 12.

A large crowd attended her funeral Mass at St. James' Church, Glenmore, and her burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.

Kathleen is survived by her loving family: Michael, Mary, Bridget, Anna, Gerard, Margaret, John, Carmel and Paddy; brother Stephen; sons-in-law; daughters-in-law; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; nieces; nephews; relatives; neighbours and many friends.

May she rest in peace.

New Ross Standard