Monday 24 June 2019

Mary was a kind and loving lady

The late Mary Murphy.
The late Mary Murphy.

The Wexford community were deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Mary Murphy (née Scallan), Church View who passed away on April 11 following a short illness.

Mary will be remembered by all who knew her for her lust for life which she held on to until her final days.

Born in Tacumshane into a close-knit family, Mary's arrival was particularly significant as she was born on February 29. She would often joke that she only really grew a year older every four years and on her seventy-second birthday, was thrilled to tell people that she was only turning eighteen.

Mary became extremely involved with the Wexford community from a young age. She worked in popular venues across the county including the Ferryman Pub, Wexford Golf Club, Aspels and the Potato Market, where she prepared food in the kitchen and kept the place spotless. One of her favourite jobs was working in Tommy Byrne's caravan park in Rosslare and she spent six happy years there. Her final place of employment was in Waldo's takeaway in Wexford town. Mary was extremely well thought-of by her employers and her fellow employees in every place that she worked in. Her friendly nature and good work ethic made her a pleasure to work alongside.

Mary married and had seven children: Margaret, Nicky, Jackie, Sarah, Martina, Richard and PJ. She later separated and was predeceased by her husband Dick.

Thirteen years ago, Mary met John Murphy from Devereux Villas in a pub and the pair clicked instantly. They went on to get married in 2011 and family and friends still talk about the wonderful occasion to this day. Many people hail it as one of the best weddings that they have ever been to.

Along with gaining a new husband, Mary added four stepsons to her family: George, Martin, Paul and Philip. Her family continued to grow over the years, with the addition of many grandchildren and great grandchildren. These young members of her family were the love of her life and she was always thrilled when they came to visit her.

Mary's family members weren't solely of the human variety. Her two dogs Joey and Millie were like children to her and she treated them with as much love as she would treat a baby.

Dancing was one of Mary's main passions. She learned Irish dancing from a very young age and continued to dance until her final days. She received a medal when she danced in the Royal Albert Hall in London in the 1950s and this was one of her proudest achievements in life. However, she didn't dance solely for the glory. For her, it gave her an opportunity to socialise and meet new friends.

Mary's garden was almost as bright as the lady herself. She was blessed with green fingers and transformed a simple garden into a beautiful sea of colour which flourished with plants. Many people who passed by would stop to admire her work.

Mary was a kind, generous and loving woman who was cherished by all who knew her. She was in relatively good health until her final days and she lived life to the full until she passed away. Her untimely death was a great shock to all who knew her but her memory is sure to live on across the town.

All of Mary's family are very grateful for the support that they have received over the past few months from local neighbours and friends. They are also extremely appreciative of Derek Fehily and all of the staff in Fehily's Pharmacy and everyone at Dr Ravi Kumar's practice.

Mary will be sadly missed by her beloved husband John; children Margaret, Nicky, Jackie, Sarah, Martina, Richard and PJ; stepchildren George, Martin, Paul and Philip; brothers Jack and Pat; grandchildren; great grandchildren; sisters-in-law; daughters-in-law; sons-in-law; nieces and nephews; extended family and friends. Her months mind mass will take place on May 14 at 7 p.m. in Bride Street Church.

Wexford People