2 Fr Angelus Park, Westport
The death took place at her home in Fr Angelus Park on the evening of Tuesday, May 2, of Mary Rowe (nee Ennis), after a short illness.
A native of Castletown Geoghegan, Westmeath, Mary was the second eldest of four. She was an only girl with three brothers: Patsy, Joe (R.I.P.) and Frank. Her parents, Paddy and May, were farmers. When Mary finished her education, she took up employment in CIE Catering Services in 1953 which brought her to Dublin, Limerick, Cork, Waterford and Rosslare Harbour, where she met Charlie Rowe from Wexford.
Charlie also worked for CIE Catering Services. Following their engagement in March 1957, Mary and Charlie were married in Castletown Geoghegan in April 1958. Mary ceased employment in CIE in accordance with the marriage bar of the day. After living in Wexford for one year, Mary and Charlie moved to Westport in June 1959.
Mary’s uncle, Brother Stephen Ennis, taught in the CBS in Westport prior to her arrival in town and arranged for Mary and Charlie to take up residence in a flat on Bridge Street, where they lived until 1968 when they moved to their home in Fr Angelus Park.
Mary was great fun and found humour and joy in everything. In recent weeks, when she found out exactly how sick she was, she said she had an easy life which is a wonderful tribute to her, her parents and brothers and to the life that she made with Charlie and her four children. She worked tirelessly to give her family everything they wanted, and more.
Her creativity was clearly apparent in her love of knitting, embroidery and sewing and her children and grandchildren wore an enviable line in hand-knitted jumpers and cardigans with intricate patterns and pictures. She loved her garden and took pride in her vegetables and flowers each year.
She was a devoted nanny to her nine grandchildren in whom she took immense joy and whom she loved dearly.
Mary was a keen golfer and a popular member of Westport Golf Club. She was Lady Captain of the club in 2004 and members of the Golf Club formed a large guard of honour at her funeral.
She loved colour. When you mention Mary Rowe, everyone knew the red haired lady with a pep in her step and a beaming smile who wore bright colours even on the darkest days. It was as if her goodness shone out of her. She had her own sense of style, and was always beautifully turned out. Mary loved shopping and not only just to acquire one of her finer pieces, but also to get a good bargain.
Mary was very determined. She never considered herself an old lady nor was she considered one either. Age was never a barrier for her to embark on a new adventure. When she turned 65, she learned to swim and more recently she completed a computer course in Carrowbeg College.
She will be greatly missed by her loving husband, Charlie; sons, Martin (Carlow) and Paul (Westport); daughters, Judy (Westport and Canada) and Charlotte (Sligo); sons-in-law, Charlie and Dermot; daughters-in-law, Adrienne and Ann; grandchildren, Danny, Charlie, Cian, Niamh, Grace, Ruairi, Eoin, Cormac and Milo; brothers, Patsy (Castletown Geoghegan) and Frank (Kildare); sisters-in-law, Ber, Ann and Teresa; nieces and nephews; friends and neighbours. She was predeceased by her beloved brother, Joe (England).
Mary loved the Sun. She passed away at home on a beautiful May day as the sun began to set. It was a fitting departure for a woman whose radiance enriched so many lives.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam dílis.