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Devoted mother Mary loved life and had a great belief in God


The late Mary Kehoe (nee Berry)

The late Mary Kehoe (nee Berry)

The late Mary Kehoe (nee Berry)

A devoted mother of two who faced her illness with a bravery that belied her years is how Mary Kehoe will best be remembered.

30-year-old Mary (nee Berry) lost her fight against cancer on Wednesday morning surrounded by her loving family.

Mary who is originally from Corish Park lived with husband Derek in Belvedere Grove in Wexford town and their children Caitline (8) and York (3). The couple who married in Los Vegas in October 2012 had planned to have a blessing in Clonard Church this October to celebrate their third anniversary but tragically the blessing instead took place at Wexford General a week before Mary died.

A striking woman Mary's beauty wasn't limited to her exterior appearance and she radiated beauty from within as well. Generous to a fault she was loving, caring and sincere.

She was a very loyal person in addition to be a devoted mother. Mother to two Mary also doted her other 'babies' three huge Rottweilers and she was a familiar sight walking around the town with the three dog in tow.

Mary was a keen cook and with Chinese being one of her favourite cuisines she was a dab hand at putting together a delicious, tasty Chinese at home for the family.

She was loved flowers and was a keep fit enthusiast.

The daughter of Willie and Margaret Berry Mary also had a great eye for style and makeup and was up to speed with all the latest trends. One of eight children Mary was very much a family person and she was in regular contact with all her family.

Mary was diagnosed with cervical cancer last August and underwent treatment. Thankfully in January she received the all clear until the end of April when she began to suffer with headaches.

A brain tumour was diagnosed when she paralysed down one side of her body and tragically the cancer has spread to her other major organs.

In the ten weeks she was sick husband Derek said her bravery and fortitude were amazing. 'In the ten weeks she was sick she never once asked for pain relief and only took it during her last weekend. She had a great belief in God and trusted in him. She was unbelievably brave. I got my strength from her to be honest. She was my inspiration.

'When she was sick she was in and out of hospital and had heavy radiation therapy and she never once complained. She was always smiling and cracking a joke. Even at the very end she was joking. It's hard to believe how brave she was.'

Mary is survived by her devoted husband Derek, children York and Caitlíne, parents Willie and Margaret Berry, brothers, Willie, Paul, Michael, Alan, Andrew, sisters, Suzie and Sharon, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family, relatives and many friends.

Her remains were removed from her home on Friday to the Church of The Annunciation, Clonard with burial afterwards in St Ibar's.

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