Friday 23 August 2019

Sad death of Sheila Frayne (80).

The late Sheila Frayne.
The late Sheila Frayne.

By Maria Pepper

The recent death of well-known Wexford woman Sheila Frayne has caused deep sadness to her family and many friends.

Sheila of Priory House and formerly Corish Park passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family, in Wygram Nursing Home on April 21. She was 80 years old.

Born in October 1936 in Dolphin Road, Maudlintown, she was one of four daughters and two brothers of the late Danny and Mary Jane Nolan (nee Sinnott). Her sister Mona Brien is the last surviving member of the family.

As a young woman Sheila worked in Celtic Linen and Fine Wool Fabrics. She met her husband Martin Frayne at a dance in the Old Town Hall and they got married in 1955. The couple lived in Monck Street before moving to Corish Park where they reared their family of seven children.

One of the highlights of Sheila's year when her children were young, was the extended annual camping holiday in Curracloe where she thought nothing on any given day of cooking dinner for up to 20 people including aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

She enjoyed regular weekly trips to the greyhound track in Enniscorthy, accompanying Martin who trained greyhounds. The couple also enjoyed dancing and socialising together.

They were all heartbroken when Martin died in 1984 and Sheila was left a young widow at the age of 46. She went back to work in a number of different jobs and later moved from Corish Park to Priory House where her door remained open to friends and family.

After her daughter Sheila moved to America, Sheila Senior enjoyed many trips to New York. In quieter moments, she liked nothing better than getting stuck into a good book.

Sheila leaves behind a proud family legacy in her sons Denis, Brendan, Marty and Ted and her daughters Janice, Siobhan and Sheila along with 18 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren who all had a great relationship with her.

She was an open-minded woman who loved people and life and while she was a great judge of character, she never passed judgement on others, preferring to accept everyone as she met them.

Sheila was a great confidante who could relate to people of all ages and there was no subject you couldn't talk to her about.

Her death has left a void in the lives of her family and friends who miss her dearly.

In the last year of her life Sheila moved to Wygram Nursing Home where she was well well cared for by all the staff.

Sheila reposed at her daughter Janice's house in Ashfield Drive and was buried alongside her beloved husband in Crosstown Cemetery following funeral Mass in Rowe Street Church which was attended by a large gathering of mourners.

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