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Mary Cowley


John’s Row, Westport

Mary, aged 88 at the time of her passing, was born in the summer of 1928 to parents John and Bridget Maguire, The Mill, Newport, where she grew up in a happy home. As a young girl she spent many idyllic summers with her grandparents in Glenhest. Mary worked in Cary’s drapery in Newport and in later years in Tyler’s in Westport, it was there she met the love of her life Jerry Cowley. They married in 1959 and first lived on Peter Street and then moved to the family home on John’s Row where they were blessed with three children. Here they created an atmosphere of great warmth. Mary’s love of cooking and legendary dinners were well-known and she took care of her elderly neighbours in a discreet and kind way. Not only did Mary create a great home she also cultivated a very beautiful garden full of vegetables and lovely flowers. Mary was very gifted with her hands and loved her patchwork, knitting and crochet. Mary was a woman of great faith and loved her bible studies and prayer meetings. Mary kept up with the times and completed a computer course so that she could keep in touch with all her relatives around the world via e-mail, she even got an iPad for her birthday last June.
Mary’s pride and joy have always been her grandchildren with whom she had a unique and special bond. After Jerry passed away in 2005 Mary was heartbroken, however she continued to be a pillar of strength for her family. In the last number of years as life slowed down for Mary, her compassion and warmth never dimmed, and the arrival of her great-granddaughter Alice brought her renewed joy. Mary loved to laugh and enjoyed almost daily phone calls with her sister Josephine. Sadly, Mary’s health began to deteriorate in November 2016 and she bore her illness with great bravery and dignity. Mary sadly passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by her loving family on January 28, 2017.
Mary was predeceased by her husband Jerry; sister Philo Clarke, Glenhest,  and brother Martin Maguire, Newport and is survived by her son John Cowley, Westport; daughters Mary Cowley, Westport and Eilish Crossan, Murrisk; brother Seán Maguire, Newport; sister Josephine Hoban, Tiernaur; grandchildren, Emily, Rachel, Philip, Caroline, Lauren, Paul and great-granddaughter Alice; nieces; nephews; grandniece and cousins and sisters-in-law. Removal took place from McGing’s Funeral Home on Monday, January 30 to St Mary’s Church, Westport where Fr Patrick Burke officiated Mass. Funeral Mass was celebrated by Fr Patrick Burke, Fr Tony King and Fr Todd Nolan. Mary’s eldest granddaughter Emily paid a loving tribute to her nanny, while her niece Áine recited the poem ‘High Flight’. Mary was laid to rest in Aughavale Cemetery. May her gentle soul rest in peace.

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