Wednesday 20 February 2019

Community saddened by Mary's passing

Obituary: The late Mary Barry

The late Mary Barry
The late Mary Barry

Brendan Keane

People throughout Wexford town were saddened to learn of the passing of Margaret 'Mary' Barry, Upper Bride Street, who was highly respected within the community.

Originally from Selskar Mary was synonymous with Bernadette Place where she lived with her husband, the late Thomas Barry, for over 30 years.

Mary (85) passed away following a short illness in Wexford General Hospital on July 22 surrounded by her family. The dignified manner with which she bore her illness was indicative of the way she led her life. A woman of great faith she attended mass every morning at 7.30 a.m. and her caring nature was exemplified by the way she was always willing to help family, friends and neighbours.

Having seven siblings her passing was effectively the end of an era as she was the last of her family to pass away and her death has left a huge void in the lives of all who knew her.

Mary trained as a nurse in England and her inherent willingness to help and care for others was something that stayed with her all her life.

She married her beloved husband, Thomas, in April, 1958, and the couple had seven children. For a time they lived on Main Street and then Bath Street before settling in Bernadette Place where they became one of the most highly regarded couples in the area.

Her nursing experience added to her mothering nature was something Mary utilised often as people would call to her for help or advice when they were sick.

She was also renowned for her soup, tarts and cakes and every weekend friends and neighbours got the tastiest treats they could imagine courtesy of Mary's wonderful culinary skills.

It wasn't just callers to the house that benefited as Mary would deliver cakes to friends around the locality. She also had a keen interest in, and talent for, knitting and some of her garments ended up in America.

Mary loved socialising in her younger years and regularly attended dances in the Dun Mhuire hall.

A very proud woman she was an independent person and when her husband passed away in 1990 she took over the task of ensuring her family was ok on her own. She was someone who could be very innovative and had a very positive outlook on life.

Mary herself was saddened at the passing of her best friend, Kitty Stafford, six years ago and also by the death of her sister, Francie, who passed away 13 years ago.

With a passionate interest in her family and their well-being Mary took great interest in the lives of her children and grand-children.

One family member commented to this newspaper that she was also a dab-hand with the tea towel when reprimanding was required.

A woman of very strong character Mary was also humble-of-heart and was inherently kind.

'She would give you her last penny,' her daughter, Theresa, told this newspaper.

'That was the type of person she was.'

Mary's Requiem Mass was celebrated in Bride Street Church with burial afterwards in St Ibar's Cemetery, Crosstown.

She is survived by her daughter, Theresa, sons, John, Declan, Brendan, Jimmy, Billy and Peter, daughters-in-law, son-in-law, 27 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Wexford People

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