The sad death of Maud Jones of Ard Carman took place on December 14 at her home in Ard Carman surrounded by family and friends.
76-year-old Maud was born on August 6, 1939 in Wexford Town, the only daughter of Annie and Thomas Crowe. She is predeceased by her only brother Richie. Sadly, both Maud's mother and father also passed away when she was very young. Maud was reared by her grandmother Maud Dempsey. Her six young uncles were brothers to her.
In 1963, Maud married Alfie Jones of Whiterock View. They were happily married for 52 years; beginning their life together in Talbot Street. Together they raised their children; Annmarie, Róisín and Alfred in 57 Kennedy Park. In recent years, they moved to Ard Carman.
Alfie and Maud were completely devoted to each other and to their children. Maud spoiled Alfie and Alfie protected, comforted and looked after Maud throughout her long, difficult illness with Alzheimer's. He showed immense courage during this time. Alfie's care of and commitment to Maud is an inspiration to us all.
Maud was a very good-natured mother, grandmother, neighbour and friend. Maud's family were her whole life. She loved them dearly and they were a source of great pride to her.
Throughout her life, Maud was most generous to her husband, her children, their partners and her treasured grandchildren: Niamh, Ruth, Anna, Jake, Haille, Cody, Ciarán and Áine. Maud made a number of sacrifices to ensure that her children were well-educated.
She always advised and encouraged them to try their best. She took enormous pleasure from their many successes and achievements. Although, disappointed that none of her children lived in Wexford; whenever her children needed Maud's help, she would unselfishly drop everything and travel to them, in Dublin or Clare. Maud's eight grandchildren brought her great joy and they adored her in return. She was happy to indulge, console, or just play with them. They will miss her dreadfully.
Maud had an interesting and varied history. She began her working life in Sim Hore's. Ever since, she has been very proud of her knowledge about audio-visual equipment. Her other diverse roles included: shop assistant in 'Margaret's' children's clothes shop, child minding, selling Tupperware, Oriflame and jewellery, knitting Aran jumpers and hosting foreign students. Maud undertook all these roles with enthusiasm, good-humour and diligence and was duly considered by her employers to be valuable and trustworthy.
Those who knew Maud know that she was a warm-hearted, selfless lady who had a pleasant smile, a personal compliment and a friendly greeting for everyone. It took her ages to shop, or walk along the Main Street, as she had to stop to chat with everyone she met. Maud was always charitable, compassionate and considerate in her words and deeds. Even when she had little herself, she never passed a poor person by. She always saw the best in people and only ever spoke kindly about them.
Sociable and outgoing, Maud appreciated the theatre attending any play, musical or concert that was on. Hospitable always, Maud delighted in sharing a cup of coffee while chatting with one of her lifelong friends Eileen, Annie, Carrie, Marjorie and Rosaleen. A bite to eat and an occasional glass of red wine in the company of Alfie in Whitford House was a source of great relaxation to her. Meanwhile, Ted, their beloved dog would wait patiently for the titbits she willingly and regularly shared with him. Maud was also blessed with green fingers. If she planted a stick it would grow! The family table was regularly adorned with her naturally arranged flowers and foliage.
The Catholic faith was central and constant in Maud's life. She was devoted to the Sacred Heart and placed all her worries in his hands. She passed on that faith and trust to all her family. Throughout her life, Maud believed in the power of prayer and particularly, the prayers of The Adoration Nuns. She often asked them to intercede with the Lord on behalf of her family. Maud was also involved in the Charismatic Movement, was a Minister of the Eucharist and regularly attended The Clonard Parish Prayer Groups. She travelled on many pilgrimages to Knock, Lourdes and Medjugorje, which she thoroughly enjoyed. Through her involvement with the church, Maud met many people, clergy and parishioners, who enhanced and heartened her spiritual journey.
Maud would have been thrilled to have been surrounded by her family and friends at her time of passing. She would also have been absolutely charmed at the great send off she received at her wake and Requiem Mass in Clonard Church.
Maud is sadly missed by her husband Alfie, her children and grandchildren, her daughter-in-law Ann Marie, her sons-in-law Ciaran and Eric, her sister-in-law Rosaleen, her many cousins, her nieces Angela and Dina, her nephew Tom, her extended family and many close friends and neighbours.
The Jones family would like to express their heartfelt thanks to: Monsignor Lennon, Fr.Larkin, the doctors, nurses, carers, family and friends who attended to and cared for Maud, especially during her illness. Maud's Month's Mind Mass will be celebrated on Saturday the 16th of January at 6pm in The Church of the Annunciation, Clonard.
Ar a dheis Dé go raibh a hanam dílis.