The peaceful death took place of Margaret Walsh (nee Reilly) at Mayo University Hospital on October 30 2017. She is deeply mourned by her loving husband, children, grandchildren, sons-in-law, daughter-in-law, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
Margaret grew up in Greeve, Keelogues, Castlebar, the daughter of James and Mary Reilly (RIP). Despite the sad loss of her father at the age of eleven, Margaret was always keen to recount many happy childhood memories. Her loyal and kind nature meant that she made numerous friends and retained many friendships from her days of school and work.
Margaret was truly devout and caring, keen to support the efforts of foreign missionaries and worked as a volunteer (handmaid) in Knock Shrine for many years.
Her lifelong interest in the law came from her many years of working for Durcan Solicitors, a workplace she recalled with very fond memories.
She married Michael J. Walsh and moved to Westport. They had four children, Mary, Noel, Dymphna & Michelle. Always principled and respectful, Margaret was a truly wonderful mother, gently guiding and supporting her family through their lives. She warmly welcomed her sons-in-law (John and Gerry) and daughter-in-law (Olivia) and continued to be a central presence to all of her family. She adored her grandchildren and they loved her greatly in return.
Margaret prioritised her role as a devoted wife and mother and was very proud of her family life. Together with Michael, who loved her dearly, they worked hard to provide a happy and secure home. Thankfully, they experienced many years of great joy together.
Always welcoming and sincere, she greatly appreciated the kindness and support of her many dear friends and neighbours, including Ann, Annie-May, Ashling, Breege Connie, Cora, Hilary, Maggie and Mary.
Margaret was truly proud of her nieces and nephews; she took a keen interest in their lives and valued their visits. Indeed, she was close to all of her family, very fond of her in-laws and in more recent times, she especially appreciated the company of Nora, Bridie and Kay.
Margaret also knew sadness and loss, not least being pre-deceased by her only siblings, Frank (2003) and Nellie (2016). As health issues made life more challenging, she benefitted from the professional and compassionate services, of many.