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Marie,'the welcoming face of Ashfield'


The late Marie Kelly.

The late Marie Kelly.

The late Marie Kelly.

Marie Kelly (Nee Hayden), 65, of Ashfield Drive, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 28, at Kerlogue Nursing Home.

Marie was born to John and Josephine Hayden of St. Aidan's Crescent in 1949. She attended school in St. John's Road. After completing her Primary School education, Marie left school in order to start work. She would often speak fondly of her many years spent in Fine Wool Fabrics and Wexford Creamery. Marie was the youngest of a family of six, and is survived by her loving siblings Sean, Betty, Ann and Joan and predeceased by her brother Pascal, and her beloved parents.

Not long after meeting Michael Kelly of Drinagh, the two were married and celebrated their 40th Wedding Anniversary on December 29, 2013. They shared a long and happy marriage, and the two soul mates went on to have two children, Jean and Michael. Marie was a homemaker and a very proud mother, and grandmother. Family meant the world to Marie. She made a number of sacrifices to ensure that her children were well-educated and got the best out of life, and she took enormous pleasure from their many successes and achievements.

A dedicated and adoring mother, Marie always ensured that there was a balance struck between hard work and fantastic fun. It was not unusual to find Marie out playing rounders or hurling in the street with the neighbourhood children, and she was a popular figure in Ashfield with young and old alike. Once described as 'the welcoming face of Ashfield', Marie was always ready with a kind word, and for a good chat with her neighbours and friends as they would pass by. She enjoyed nothing more than walking on the town bumping into friends and catching up with whatever was happening in their lives.

Marie was a woman of great faith, and if ever a prayer was needed, it was her that people would ask. She never missed morning mass in Clonard, and had a particularly close relationship with the Adoration Nuns. All of the significant sacraments received by Marie were at Bride Street Church, so it was fitting that her funeral should take place there. Fr. Cullen celebrated the funeral mass and spoke of Marie's deep faith and love of God, which remained even during her long illness. Symbols of life were brought to the altar by her siblings Sean Hayden, Ann Shaikh and cousin Helen Hayden included a plant, family photographs and a CD of her favourite song, representing Marie's love and appreciation of nature, her family and music. The offertory gifts were presented by her adoring grandson Andrew and great niece Amy Bennett. She would have been beaming with pride that both helped to honour her life. The mass was very well-attended and the service was added to by the beautiful singing of Marie's favourite hymns by Therese Hartnett.

The Kelly family wish to express their heartfelt thanks and appreciation to all of the staff at Kerlogue Nursing Home for the care they showed Marie over the last two years. They would also like to thank all the many friends and family that travelled from near and far to give their support, Mass cards, wreaths and kind words and warm stories about a wonderful mother and devoted wife.

Marie endured her ill health with strength, courage, faith and good humour. Despite her bad health over the last number of years, Marie never lost her lust for life. There was never a wasted moment in her world, she embraced life wholeheartedly and although it was tragically cut short, it was doubtless a life well-lived.

Marie is survived by her husband Michael, daughter Jean, son Michael, daughter in law Stephanie and her much-loved grandchildren Andrew and Sarah. Marie was loved dearly by all those who knew her and will be missed greatly. May she rest in peace.

Marie's month's mind mass will be celebrated on the 28th of August at 7pm in Clonard church.

The light of her spirit is finally free to shine.

Wexford People