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Julie Kerr

Westminster and Ballycroy
Mrs Julie Kerr (nee Conway) passed away peacefully at Kent’s Hill Care Home on the evening of Septemeber 24, 2011. Her last few months reflected how she lived her life; she was humble and never wanted to make a fuss. Even when things were at their worst she wanted people to think that she was well rather than have friends and family worrying and fretting about her.
Her passing was as she lived her life, quiet and dignified. Julie was born to Michael and Mary Conway, Shranamonragh, Ballycroy, on December 16, 1932, their ninth of ten children. Julie studied there and every summer in her youth used to stay with her grandparents Hannah and William Chambers, Drimlong, Newport which she absolutely loved and had very fond recollections of.
In 1966 Julie wanted to discover something new and moved to London with two of her sisters Annie and Sally. She loved being in the middle of things in London and she settled quickly and, being highly numerate, found a role within the National Health Service where she predominantly worked until her retirement. In September 1973. Julie married Barry Kerr and moved to Westminster, London where she lived for the rest of her life until her last few months. They had one son Barry who was born in 1974. Highly hospitable, her home quickly became a base for visiting friends and family from Ireland and elsewhere where she relished being a cook (her fairy cakes were renowned), sometimes a confident and an enthusiastic tour guide making sure everyone was fed and watered.
The church was a rock for her; it was a source of great comfort to her and was a core part of her daily life. She made many friends at the Westminster Cathedral and the Legion of Mary. Julie was very religious and you could always see her elegantly dressed and holding one of her many rosary beads. Her funeral Mass was celebrated on October 4 at Christ the King Church, Milton Keynes by Fr James Evans (who knew her in her last few months and also blessed her with the last rites of her church). Readings and prayers were kindly said by Fiona Sheridan (Dublin), Liam Chambers (Newport) and Michael Conway (Ballycroy).
Following this she was laid to rest at New Bradwell Cemetery, and will be sadly missed by her son Barry, brothers John (Ballycroy) and Paddy (Manchester), sister Annie (Carrickmacross), daughter-in-law Melania, as well as her many friends and extended family in England, Ireland, Poland and elsewhere.
She will be sadly missed and may she rest in peace. Ar dheis Dé a h-anam.