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Sunday 22 October 2017

Sad death of Mary Agnes (70)

By MARIA pEPPER

The late Mary Agnes Murray.
The late Mary Agnes Murray.

Wexford woman Mary Agnes Murray of 46 Belvedere Grove who died on September 3, is sadly missed by her heartbroken family and friends.

Mary Agnes died at home, surrounded by her loving family, after a courageous battle with cancer which was diagnosed in May. She had been in hospital receiving treatment until five days before she died. She was 70 years old.

She is survived by her beloved husband Brendan; her daughters Deborah and Melissa; her sons Dean and Vincent; her grandchildren Heather, Adam, Dylan and Sophie; her sister Bridie Clancy; her brothers Shane and Eamonn; her sons-in-law; daughters-in-law and by her extended family and friends.

Mary Agnes was pre-deceased by her sister Marguerite O' Brien who died two years ago and by her brother Seamus Rossiter.

A daughter of the late Nicholas and Margaret Rossiter, she grew up in O' Connell Avenue. As a young woman, she worked in the former Mernagh's restaurant in The Bullring before joining English's bookbinders in Anne Street where she worked for several years.

Mary Agnes met her husband Brendan Murray at a dance in Whites Hotel and they were married in Rowe Street Church on September 14, 1971. Brendan was a member of the Royal Navy and their eldest daughter Deborah was born in Wexford before Mary Agnes joined Brendan in Gibraltar where he was stationed. The family lived there for three years.

The couple's son Dean was born in Gibraltar before they returned to Wexford to settle in Belvedere Grove. Vincent and Melissa were born back in Wexford.

Mary Agnes worked in Hore's Shop on Belvedere Road in the evenings for many years and during her time there, she was a very popular employee and got to know everyone in the locality.

She was a hard-working volunteer with Clonard Parish and helped to organise the envelope collection that contributed to the building of the new church, going door-to-door in her local community to deliver and collect envelopes.

Above all, Mary Agnes was a devoted family woman who lived for her children and grandchildren. A hands-on grandmother, she helped to mind her daughter Deborah's children Heather and Adam while she was working.

Mary Agnes was an outgoing, chatty and caring woman. She loved to dance and was always the first to sing at a party. For her 70th birthday on October 1 last year, her family organised a dinner and celebration in the Emerald Gardens restaurant, presenting her with a 'This Is Your Life' album of photographs which she absolutely loved.

The birthday booklet was one of the gifts brought to the altar during the Offertory Procession at her funeral Mass in Clonard Church which was attended by a large gathering of mourners who turned up to pay their last respects to a much-loved mother, grandmother, sister, friend and neighbour. Burial took place in St. Ibar's Cemetery, Crosstown.

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