Tuesday 20 August 2019

Theresa had a lovely nature

THERESA CREANE was a real fighter. A woman, who had to deal with ill health for quite a portion of her life, she never allowed the smile to leave her face.

A liver transplant 18 years ago didn't even quench her cheery optimism, and she always bore her health woes with great dignity, stoicism and always with her family and friends paramount in her mind. Sadly Theresa died on Tuesday in Wexford General Hospital following a recent bad relapse of health. She was just 53 years of age. Originally a Murphy from Wolfe Tone, Theresa lived on the front of Maudlintown with her beloved husband Kieran and their three children - Wendy (28), Jennifer (24) and Stephen (18). Theresa's family were her great pride, her passion.

She lived for them, and loved nothing more than spending time with them and her siblings. A homebird she enjoyed the simple things in life.

She had a tremendous, kind nature that made her friends wherever she went, and she always had time to stop and talk to people. Her family could happily attest that a quick pop out to the shops could take hours, as Theresa would engage in conversation with everyone she met.

While she didn't drink, she loved to socialise in the pub, and was always in the thick of the craic when she visited her nearby local ' The Sailing Cot'.

Despite the atrocious weather conditions on Thursday, hundreds of people turned out in the snow to attend Theresa's funeral, which was a really strong indication of the high esteem in which she was held.

Her funeral took place in the Church of the Assumption, Bride Street which was very fitting as Theresa had a very special friendship with the Adoration Sisters.

Theresa loved the ' little nuns', and any time she had to go into hospital she would visit them and ask for their prayers. She also loved animals and her Bichon Frise dogs lit up her life. She loved the dogs and treated them like children, to the point that she would never leave them alone - even for a short time.

Her family were very proud of how she managed her ill health, and called her their ' little miracle' as she battled so often to get better. She was buried in Crosstown on Thursday in a grave beside her parents Johnny and Margaret Murphy, and there was a beautiful sense of serenity in the graveyard in the white, snowy conditions.

She is predeceased by her parents and her sister Mary, who died in February. She is survived by her husband, Kieran; children, Wendy, Jennifer and Stephen; brother, John; sisters, Bridie, Marian, Eileen, Bernadette, Anna and Bunny; nephews, nieces, relatives and very many friends.

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