Wexford's Jackie was completely dedicated to her children
THE FAMILY and friends of Jackie Morris are still coming to terms with her untimely death in the run-up to Christmas.
Jackie, aged 53, from Hillcrest, Mulgannon, died on December 15 following on a long illness.
She was the beloved wife of John Hickey and mother to Eoin, aged 17, and Aislinn, aged 14, and the daughter of Fintan and Morris (nee Nolan) from the Faythe.
John said his late wife's legacy was her children.
'Aislinn was quite sick when she was small and Jackie nursed her through some tough years,' he said.
Jackie was educated at the Faythe School, the Presentation Secondary School, and Waterford IT, before taking up employment as a lab technician with the then-Cow and Gate company in Wexford.
Her main passions were sports, both playing and spectating, her garden and first and foremost her children.
Jackie was an avid tennis player, particularly doubles, and was often on court at Wexford Harbour Boat and Tennis Club. In her younger years she played hockey, including for Wexford.
John, from Limerick, said he converted her to become a supporter of the Munster rugby team and she passionally followed their every game, as well as Ireland's.
He said he met and fell for Jackie in 1984 when he was doing a stint of work experience at Sola Lenses. 'We met at a mutual friend's house, Mary Murphy's, I can still picture it.'
John said the couple began going out together that summer and had been together ever since. Jackie's funeral mass took place at the Church of the Assumption, Bride Street, followed by burial at Barntown Cemetery.
She is survived by John and the children, her parents, brothers Fintan and Gary Morris, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces, other relatives and many friends.