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Sep 02nd
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Sarah (Sally) Lanigan

Mrs Sarah (Sally) Lanigan, who has died at Sonoma Valley Hospital in San Francisco, California, lived for most of her life in Fallowfield, Manchester, England. She was formerly Sally King of Convent Road, Claremorris.
Sally, who had reached the venerable age of 92 years, worked for the Jesuit Order at Holy Name Church, Manchester for several years. In later life she worked as a carer until her retirement.
She worked in the UK during the Second World War and braved many difficult situations to fulfill  her work obligations.
She never lost her love of her native place and was a regular visitor to Claremorris to renew acquaintances with family members and friends.
For the last eight years of her life Sally lived in San Francisco where she took to the pace of  life with great enthusiasm and delighted in the balmy Californian weather.
She thoroughly enjoyed the local lifestyle.
Throughout her life Sally had a great love of dancing. She took great pride in the many acheivements of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and was the much-loved ‘gran’ to all of them.
Predeceased by her husband Michael, she will be very sadly missed by her son Richard (Manchester), daughter Marie O’Malley (Emlagh, Louisburgh and Sonoma), son-in-law Michael O’Malley, daughter-in-law Chris Lanigan, eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren, nephews, nieces, sisters-in-law, cousins and many friends.
Removal of Sally’s remains were via Dublin Airport to St Colman’s Church, Claremorris where Fr Peter Gannon, PP, officiated at the reception ceremony. Fr Peter Gannon was also the celebrant of Sally’s funeral Mass before removal to Killeen Cemetery in Louisburgh where she was laid to rest. Music at the Mass was provided by Catherine McLeod. Prayers at the graveside in Killeen were led by Fr Mattie Long, PP, Louisburgh. May Sally’s gentle soul have peaceful rest.

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