The death of well-known Castlebridge woman Margaret Murphy (nee Stafford) has left a deep sadness in the lives of her family and many friends.
Margaret (81) passed away peacefully following a short illness in Wexford General Hospital on May 4, surrounded by her loving family.
The epitome of style and elegance, Margaret was known as an absolute lady to all who had the pleasure of knowing her.
One of 10 children of the late Jack and Mary Stafford of Menapia Avenue, John's Road, Wexford, Margaret initially embarked on a career in a solicitor's office, before meeting her beloved husband Barney and settling down in Castlebridge. Together, they created and built two successful businesses over the years, Barney's pub and Castlebridge Eggs as well as running the bars at Wexford Racecourse for the past 47 years. A minute's silence was observed at a race day in Bettyville following her death. The couple would have been married for 55 years in June.
Despite her strong work ethic, Margaret still managed to be a dedicated wife and mother and was the cornerstone of her home. She had an open door policy and all who called were made to feel welcome with offerings of scrumptious meals and cups of tea.
Margaret loved nature, poetry and the Irish language and kept her garden looking beautiful.
She adored her seven children, 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren and her in-laws and shared a unique and loving bond with each of them. She loved to hear of other people's success and how well their children were doing in their educational and career pursuits.
A woman of strong faith, she regularly lit a candle in Como Lodge, praying for the special intentions of her children, grandchildren and anyone else in need of her divine intervention. Her special blue nightlight was among the symbols of her life brought to the altar during the Offertory at funeral Mass in Castlebridge Church.
Her son Padraig delivered a lovely tribute during the Mass in which he described his mother as an incredibly kind, generous and dignified lady to whom family was everything. 'Her lifelong partnership with our father Barney taught us our first and most valuable lessons in love, loyalty, honour and the importance of family, virtues which we still carry with us today, Our mother represented safety, warmth, generosity, elegance, kindness, family and love. We were all honoured to have shared her life and felt her love,' he said.
The large turn-out of mourners at her funeral was a testament to the widespread affection and respect in which she was held. Burial took place in Castlebridge Cemetery. Margaret is survived by her husband Barney; children Jackie, Sandra, Barry, Claire, Orlagh, Síle and Padraig; her sisters Olive Doyle (The Island, Craanford), Frances O' Grady (Deansgrange, Blackrock); her brother Sean Stafford (Gorey); her grandchildren; great-grandchildren; her daughters-in-law; sons-in-law; her nieces and nephews and her extended family and friends.She was sadly predeceased by her sisters May, Lally, Sheila and Bridget and by her brothers Jimmy and Pat.