Cathy Cardiff (nee Lawler) of Monmore, Ballygarrett, passed away peacefully at the residence of her son Brendan at Ballinagran, Killenagh, surrounded by her children Breda, John, James, Helen, Margaret, Brendan and Ger on December 20, 2015, following a long illness which she bore with great courage.
Cathy was born on September 11, 1927, the second of six children. She spent her early life in Ballinagran and subsequently worked in the hospitality industry in Dublin, Wexford and Courtown.
She met and married Jack Cardiff in 1957, and went on to have seven children while living in Monmore. They were happily married for 54 years until Jack's death in 2011 due to cancer. They were devoted to each other, their children and grandchildren. They took enormous pride in their achievements and were totally involved in their sporting and social lives.
Cathy was a kind neighbour and friend, always ready to help out. The kettle was always on the boil and no one left the house without having a cuppa. Her main social outlet was as a member of Ballygarrett ICA where she enjoyed the camaraderie of the other ladies.
Cathy had great devotion to Our Lady, visiting Lourdes on three occasions. She loved music, flowers and knitting. With the family reared, Jack and Cathy finally got to go on a few short holidays, visiting various parts of Ireland.
Unfortunately, Alzheimer illness visited Cathy sixteen years ago. Jack protected and cared for his wife, looking after her until his own illness and death five years ago. He was determined that she would remain in her own home, which she did until they moved to live with son Brendan in 2004. Her faith, devotion to the Sacred Heart, her prayers and attendance at Mass until recently, sustained her during long illness, which she bore with great dignity.
Those who knew Cathy know her to have been a warm-hearted, selfless lady who always had a smile and sense of style which she maintained right to the end. She loved when her children and grandchildren came to visit and was the centre of everything which went on in the home.
With the help of carers and family, Cathy was able to spend her final years engulfed in love and attention in familiar surroundings. The Cardiff family would like to express their sincere thanks to carers, nurses, Gorey Medical Centre, Wade's Chemist, Fr Jim Butler, neighbours and friends who attended to and helped Cathy especially during her long illness.
The respect and love which people felt for Cathy was demonstrated by the large attendance at her wake, removal and Mass in Ballygarrett and burial in Donaghmore. Thank you also went to those who made donations to the Alzheimers Society. She is sadly missed by her children Breda, John, James, Brendan, Helen, Margaret and Ger, her brother Jimmy, sisters Sheila and Eileen, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, fifteen grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. Cathy's Month's Mind Mass will be held on Saturday, January 23, in Our Lady's Star of the Sea Church, Ballygarrett at 7 p.m.