Wednesday 23 October 2019

Marie had a love of the arts

THE death occurred in Knockeen Nursing Home on April 12, after a lengthy and difficult illness bravely borne of Marie (O'rourke) Mitchell who was the daughter of the late Thomas and Frances O'Rourke, Grogan's Road.

She was born in Wexford in 1942 and as a young woman was well known for her singing and acting, particularly her principal roles in the Franciscan pantomimes and Tops of the Town, which were a yearly feature in the Dun Mhuire Hall and Theatre Royal in the 60's and 70's.

She was a popular member of the staff at J. J. Stafford & Sons, Paul Quay and upon her marriage left Wexford to live in Co. Galway.

She resided in Dublin from 1987 where she worked in the Embassy of Japan.

Sadly, due to bad health she had to retire this position and shortly after relocated to Wexford to be nearer her family and friends.

Marie was very artistic and had a love of all arts, in particular classical music and enjoyed many hours playing the piano.

She was an animal lover, donating generously to animal welfare charities and always had the companionship of a dog.

She would spend hours of her free time gardening and adored the sun.

She was an avid reader, enjoyed current affairs, debating, general knowledge and crosswords which she would complete with the stroke of a pen.

Marie's cremation took place in Newlands Cross Crematorium on April 13.

Her Requiem Mass was celebrated by Canon Noel Hartley in the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Rowe Street.

She was pre-deceased by her husband Liam and her brother Frank and is survived by her brother Michael, sisters-inlaw Mary and Margaret, brother-in-law Larry, Aunt, nieces and nephews Michelle, Audrey, Tomas, Tania, Wendy, John and Louise, grandnieces and grandnephews, relatives and friends.

She will be sadly missed. May she rest in peace.

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