Bridie Browne knew the importance of family life

Published 02/04/2016 | 00:00

The late Bridie Browne.
The late Bridie Browne.

The Wexford community were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Bridget Browne (née Doyle), Ballyell, Tagoat who lived a long and fulfilled life until she passed away aged 97.

Bridget, known as Bridie, was born in Ballygarvey into a large family and was extremely close to her siblings John, Packie, Laurence, Michael, Simon, Francis, Nora and Kathleen. At the age of 18, she married the late Nicholas Browne and moved to live with him in their farm in Ballyell. She lived a happy life there until she was in her early 90s.

Having come from a large family, Bridie knew the importance of family life. Family meant everything to her. She had seven boys Seamus, Nicholas, Michael, Lar, John, Frank and Paddy, all of whom she loved dearly. To make the family complete, Bridie wanted to have the little girl she always dreamed of. This dream led her to cycle to Our Lady's Island where she walked the island saying the rosary nine times in succession. Her faith in God and belief in the power of prayer helped her to achieve her dream as Mary, her first daughter, was born nine months later. Two years later, Bridie was blessed with her second daughter, Pauline.

Bridie was a very practical and down to earth woman who enjoyed the simple things in life. She was proud and extremely independent - traits she definitely passed on to her family. She instilled good manners and a strong work ethic in her children from a young age and taught them about the importance of responsibility.

One of the things that Bridie really excelled in was butter making, which she did every week for many years. She passed on this skill to others by holding demonstrations at the Tagoat Steam Rally every year.

Bridie was a central part of her local community. Despite having a large family, there was always a plate of dinner for anybody who called. The table was always set, ready for visitors. Bridie had a wide circle of friends and neighbours in the community and was always there for them, whether it was with a plate of food or words of advice.

The Day Care Centre in Tagoat was one of Bridie's main haunts in later years. She enjoyed meeting her many friends there for a catch-up over tea or to dabble in a bit of bingo. She was treated like royalty by all of the staff there, who knew her fondly as 'Mother Browne'.

Although she was a busy mother, Bridie was always stylishly dressed. Her clip-on earrings, pearl necklaces and her colourful broaches were key components of every outfit that she wore. She retained her glamour in Kerlogue Nursing Home, where she resided for the last few years.

The staff members in Kerlogue held a special place in Bridie's heart and became almost like her extended family. The love, care and respect they gave Bridie was second to none.

Bridie received nothing but care and kindness from the staff in Wexford General Hospital before she passed away peacefully on February 4.

Bridie will be sadly missed by her surviving children Seamus, Nick, Michael, Larry, John, Frank, Paddy, Mary, Pauline; brothers Donal and Laurence; sisters Kathleen and Nora; sons and daughters in law; grandchildren; great grandchildren; extended family and many friends.

May she rest in peace.

Wexford People

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