Wednesday 20 November 2019

King Street's Mary O'Connor was a people person

The late Mary O'Connor.
The late Mary O'Connor.

Mary O'Connor was born in 1938 at 36, King Street, Wexford.

She resided there and although working full time she took exceptional care of her late mother for many years.

Sadly, almost five years ago, Mary needed full time care at Castlegardens Nursing Home, where she passed away peacefully on the May 19.

Mary had three brothers, Peter, John and the late Robert (Bobby) and was close to all her siblings, visiting them regularly.

She kept interested and up to date with her many nieces and nephews.

Mary was a people person and great at keeping in contact with family and friends, near and far. She visited the nuns that taught her in the Faythe School up until their death. She made a good and loyal friend and was blessed with the best of friends. Mary will be remembered by all for her exceptional generous and caring heart. She supported many charities consistently. She was an excellent knitter and enjoyed giving away her work as presents to family and friends. She made several trips to England, France, Spain, but Curracloe beach on a sunny day was always her favourite.

Mary appreciated the simple things in life. She loved animals and had many cats and dogs over the years, along with minding dogs for family and friends while on holidays.

Mary's first employment was in the office of T.J. O'Brien's Furniture Store at Selskar and she later spent over twenty-five years as legal secretary with M.J.O'Connor & Co., Solicitors. She was held in high regard in both employments, always loyal, efficient and conscientious.

Mary's favourite subject was local history. Her head was a mine of information.

She was an active member and treasurer of the Wexford Historical Society. She collected every local history book, never missed a Kilmore parish journal. She travelled to all important historical sites around Ireland with the historical society.

In the late '90s Mary was awarded a National University of Ireland Diploma in local history. She choose 'A history of bread baking in Wexford and its environs' for her thesis, as there were three generations of bakers in the O'Connor family.

This research was deemed a valuable contribution to Wexford's rich local history. Mary was a founder member of Wexford Memorial Trust, better known as the Paupers Graveyard in Coolcotts.

In earlier years, Mary was a member of the Legion of Mary and the Friary Choir. She had a deep faith that never wavered. After retiring and until her illness she attended 10. A.M. mass in Bride Street each day.

In her later life, Mary developed Alzheimers, but with the help of family and neighbours she was able to stay at home for half of her long illness. Her funeral mass at the Church of the Assumption on May 21, was attended by a large gathering of lovely people with kind words for Mary. Her burial took place afterwards at St. Ibar's cemetery.

The O'Connor family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and carers at Castlegardens Nursing Home for their excellent care, Mackens Funeral Directors and all her kind neighbours in King Street.

Mary will be sadly missed. Her month's mind mass is in Bride street at 10 a.m. on Monday, June 20. May she Rest in Peace.

Wexford People