Friday 20 September 2019

Phyllis had a great sense of adventure

MANY people in Wexford were saddened by the recent death of Phyllis Flanagan.

Phyllis (nee Meagher), of 81 Kennedy Park, passed away suddenly at her home on December 30.

Originally from Tuskar View, Phyllis was reared on Hill Street. She was one of 13 children and is survived by her sisters Ella (Cuddihy) and Sheila (O'Rourke), and her brothers Billy, Brendan, John, Des, Dermot and Declan.

She attended the Presentation Secondary School and began her working life as a hairdresser with Rita Walsh on South Main Street.

Phyllis later worked with her sister Ella before she finished 'serving her time' to qualify as a hairdresser at Kelly's Ladies Hairdressers on South Main Street.

At a young age Phyllis left Wexford to work on the Isle of Man, where she spent two years in the hospitality industry.

Her sense of adventure was evident from early on in life and it was not uncommon in her family as her father, William, and a number of her brothers worked at sea and travelled the world that way.

While in the Isle of Man, Phyllis saw an advertisement in a newspaper for an Au Pair in Italy and she applied for and got the job, moving to the centre Milan in the late '60s.

She spent the best part of a decade in Italy and loved life there. She enjoyed her job as an Au Pair, but later left it to teach English at The British School in Milan.

After she returned to Wexford Phyllis always retained contact with the Italian family for whom she worked and the young girl she looked after for several years, following her progress with great interest as she grew up.

Phyllis was an exceptionally bright woman, who loved to read and had a great interest in history. One of the things she loved about Italy was the fact that it is so steeped in history and she went on countless excursions to sites of historical interest and importance.

She also loved keeping her active mind busy with puzzles and jigsaws, while she enjoyed Tarot cards too.

Phyllis returned to Wexford in the late '70s shortly before her father died and stayed here after he passed away. She began working with Sea Link in the Duty Free shop and remained there until 1990.

1990 was the year that she married Patsy Flanagan, from John Street, and the couple made their home in Kennedy Park. Sadly, Patsy passed away just 18 months ago.

Phyllis was a popular lady who loved her life in Wexford. She was a friendly and outgoing person, who had many good friends.

Any friend that Phyllis made was generally a friend for life as she formed very close bonds with her nearest and dearest and had a great ability to always keep in touch with all of them.

Phyllis' Requiem Mass was celebrated in Rowe Street Church on January 1 and she was laid to rest with Patsy in St Ibar's Cemetery, Crosstown. She is sadly missed by her loving family and wide circle of friends.

Her Month's Mind Mass will be celebrated in Rowe Street Church on Friday at 5.45 p.m.

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