Saturday 21 September 2019

Doris Kelly was a true friend and neighbour

The late Doris Kelly.
The late Doris Kelly.

The people of Killinick and the wider community were deeply shocked and saddened to learn of the sudden death of Doris Kelly, Sanctuary, Killinick, who passed away on June 29 aged 75.

Doris is survived by her daughter Ber, her four sons Richard, John, Walter and William, her 17 grandchildren, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, her brother Bobby and sisters Maureen and Lena.

Doris was predeceased eight years by her husband Watt, a loss that left a huge void in her life.

NO matter what the occasion in the parish, Doris was always there. She loved to support everything, be it the weekly bingo in the Merry Elf, the Ballycogley Players, field days and coffee mornings. It didn't matter to Doris what it was; she always loved going to every occasion and having a laugh.

Doris was a member of the local ICA group for the past 40 years and loved going to the monthly meetings and the many trips here and there with the women.

In the last few years she had started to help with the catering in Our Lady's Island during the pilgrimage time and enjoyed meeting different people. Whether she knew them or not, Doris always had a word for everyone.

The GAA played a huge part in Doris's life as was seen by the guard of honour at her funeral by St Fintan's GAA Club.

Doris loved the matches and herself and Watt travelled all over the country to see their sons play. You would always know Doris was there as she could be heard cheering on her boys or shouting at the referee, all of whom knew her well. There were many times when Doris fell out with the referees on the pitch but all was always forgotten after the game.

In recent times, Doris had great pleasure in watching her grandchildren playing and she was always kept up to speed on when and where their next match would be. This year, she was the very proud nanny of five grandsons playing on the same U14 team.

Just last year, Doris was awarded the title of club person of the year at a function in the Riverbank House Hotel attended by her family and friends. It honoured her for her dedication to St Fintan's GAA Club. She truly deserved this honour for on many occasions she held club meetings in her front room, made tea and sandwiches for events, washed team jerseys and sold weekly lotto tickets and model county tickets.

Doris's door was always open to everyone, whatever the hour. You would never leave her house without getting some tea. She always loved people popping in for a visit.

Doris's funeral mass was one of the biggest ever seen in Ballymore, a true sign that she was a true friend and neighbour to everyone who knew her.

Thinking back on our loved one and remembering today,

We remember a life well-lived that meant so much in each and every way,

Filled with moments sweet and sad, with smiles and sometimes tears,

With friendships formed and good times shared and laughter through the years,

A life that leaves a legacy of joy and pride and pleasure,

A loving lasting memory our grateful hearts will treasure.

May her gentle soul rest in peace.

Wexford People