Myra Whelan (85) passed away peacefully on June 23 surrounded by her family. Myra was a special woman, a ‘true lady’ as she has been described by many in recent days. She was generous, kind hearted and helped so many people in her own quiet way, never looking for recognition or praise.
She was born Myra Moore, one of three children born to Tom and Mary Moore of Ballymitty. She was raised there with her brothers Noel and John, until she married her husband Seamus in 1958. They lived in his native Ballycullane where they opened a shop and post office.
Myra worked for An Post for 50 years and enjoyed her time working in the post office in Ballycullane where she saw many changes.
Myra became an integral part of the community in Ballycullane during her lifetime. She served on many committees including boards of management, ladies committee, St. Vincent de Paul and the Old Folks Committee. Myra was also an extremely active and energetic member of the Ballycullane Tidy Towns Group, which brought many awards and glory to the village.
Myra made and kept many, many good friends during her lifetime. She greatly enjoyed their company and the sharing of news and views with them all, over a cup of tea in her home. The kettle was always on the boil and the door always open to welcome one and all.
Myra was a great Christian and enjoyed her weekly Mass in St. Martin’s Church, again taking time to chat to her neighbours on the short walk home.
She was an avid reader of the daily newspapers, usually having three on the table and read each of them from cover to cover – she loved current affairs and could debate her point of view with eloquence.
Myra was laid to rest in St. Martin’s Cemetery, Ballycullane on Saturday, June 25 beside her beloved husband Seamus. She was also predeceased by her daughter Mary, her son Noel and grandson Raymond. She was loved, adored and is sadly missed by her sons and daughters and their families and especially by her 25 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Rest in Peace “True Lady”.
The family would like to express their gratitude to Fr William Byrne P.P., all those who cared for Myra in and out of hospital, all those who sympathised with the family, to all who attended the wake and the funeral and to all who helped out with the funeral.
Myra’s month’s mind Mass will take place in St. Martin’s Church, Ballycullane, Y34 W721 on Saturday, July 30 at 7.30p.m