There was a huge outpouring of grief in Arklow over Christmas following the death of Mary Doyle Brauders.
The mother-of-one from Griffith Street in Arklow was buried on Christmas Eve. Speaking at her funeral mass Fr David Brough said that Mary who was the youngest of eleven worked initially in retail but ‘her passion was as a carer’. He said she went on to pursue this dream and worked in St John Of God’s in Celbridge where she had been a valued member of staff.
She said she had been very much part of the community in Arklow having first attended national schoool there followed by St Mary’s College.
He said she was ‘bubbly, warm and compassionate. She was loving - a beautiful lady in looks but also in nature. She was a kind and loving mother and baby sister.
‘Mary has a lovely sense of humour. She loved nothing more than a drive or walks along the beach with her dog.’
Mary who was diagnosed with cancer in September and her death after such a brief illness is still being met by her entire family with disbelief and shock.
Fr David said that during her illness Mary gained an even deeper sense of gratitute for the simpler things in life.
He said that very often at Christmas people are stressed and frazzled but Mary had appreciated everything in life, even her morning glass of orange juice.
‘She was always looking out for others’, he said and said she had a gentle faith and a devotion to Padre Pio.
‘She didn’t have an easy life but she got through things with her own sense of care and goodness’, he said.
Mary was a loving mother, sister and aunt and she had a lovely, generous spirit.
He also spoke of the care and love she had receieved from her family during her illness.
Mary died peacefully at St Vincent’s Hospital surrounded by her loving family.
She is survived by her daughter Stacey, siiblings Elizabeth, Sadie, Gerard, John, Frankie, Raymond.
She is predeceased by her parents Frank and Betty and siblings Michael, Liam, Anthony and Bernadette Majella.
Her funeral mass took place at Sts Mary and Peter’s Church in Arklow with burial afterwards in St Gabriel’s Cemetery.