Mum of 13 Josie was a lady of style and heart
RAISING thirteen children in her home in Doonooney, Adamstown, Josephine (Josie) Barden was seldom idle and she was remembered for her devotion to her family at her funeral Mass recently.
Born Josephine McLoughlin in Shanoule, Foulksmills, Josie attended school in Carroreigh before furthering her education in Adamstown. She married John Barden in 1949 in Carroreigh and the happy couple had 13 children: Breda, Kay, Jos, Mick, Aidan, Jack, Paul, Nell, Maria, Ned, Pat, May and Cyril.
Josie reared her children in Doonooney, running the house with military precision while John was busy on the farm.
A talented camogie player in her youth, Josie won two county finals with Adamstown. When she started having children and working on the farm she had to give up her beloved sport. In the late 1990s she received an award from Wexford GAA for her contribution to camogie.
A fashionable and stylish woman, Josie was always dressed impeccably.
An excellent cook, she was seldom out of the kitchen, save for when she got a minute to tend to her beautiful garden.
An outgoing, personable woman, she made many friends in Adamstown and enjoyed playing the card game 30 at community centres across the district.
When talking about her large family Josie often said it was hereditary as her grandmother also had 13 children.
Josie is remembered as a matriarch who devoted her time and energy to her 13 children, 38 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. She enjoyed good health throughout her life up until the final months when she moved in with her daughter Nell in Foulksmills where she passed away peacefully in her 88th year.
A massive crowd attended Josie's funeral mass at St Abban's Church, Adamstown, where members of Adamstown GAA Club stood as guards of honour. Her son Jack paid a moving tribute, recalling how she would often say there was no TV or internet when she was a young, married woman hence all the children.
Josie was laid to rest afterwards in the adjoining cemetery beside her late husband John who passed away in 2005.
Josie was predeceased by her sister Statia and brother Sean. She is mourned by daughters Breda (Farrell), Kay (McCarthy), Jos (Power), Nell (Byrne), Maria (Plunkett) and Mag (O'Gorman); her sons Mick, Aidan, Jack, Paul, Pat, Ned and Cyril; sons-in-law; daughters-in-law; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; nieces; nephews; sisters in law; relatives; neighbours and friends.