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Mary Moran


Roscahill West, Kilmeena, Westport

Mary Moran (nee Higgins) passed away peacefully on April 16, 2019. Mary was born in 1939 to Lily and Mick Higgins. She was one of a family of nine. Mary had a very happy but busy childhood as her parents ran a public house and a knitting workshop on Main Street, Kiltimagh. There were always jobs to be done. Mary had an older sister and six brothers who looked out for her at all times, particularly when she was old enough to go to the local dances. Many’s a story Mary regaled of the various antics they all got up to. By all accounts they were a lively bunch, however they all remained very close and supportive of one another over the years. After Mary left school, she served her apprenticeship in a local drapery in Kiltimagh and Tuam. Then, in her early twenties Mary moved to Westport to take up a position in Shanley’s on Bridge Street. This suited Mary so much as she absolutely loved her style and fashion. It wasn’t long until Mary met the ‘love of her life’ Jim Moran. On getting married, Mary moved to Jim’s family home, where she raised three sons, along with helping to run the family business and care for Jim’s parents and uncle. Mary was a wonderful mother. She was very kind and caring at all times. She was so welcoming and hospitable to anyone who ever called to their home. Mary and Jim would have celebrated fifty four years of marriage on April 19. They were such a close couple, totally devoted to one another, who loved spending time in each other’s company. In later years they enjoyed trips abroad. They visited Mary’s cousin Ann Wenz (her father hailed from Kiltimagh) in New York on a number of occasions. Here they were treated like royalty by both Ann and her late husband Jimmy. They got to see all the sights and enjoyed family get-togethers stateside with Mary’s brother Jim and nieces and nephews. Mary and Jim really treasured these holidays. However, nothing brought Mary greater joy than the arrival of her six grand children. They were her pride and joy. Mary looked after all six of them at various stages through the years. She was happiest when they were all around her. Mary dedicated her life to her family, they were everything to her, and as far as she was concerned family was paramount. Mary was full of good nature. Anything that she could do to help was done with a heart and a half. Mary was one of life’s true givers. Mary loved to be at home surrounded by those she loved most in life. She had a small circle of very good friends, they played cards together over the years and were always there for one another when needed. In the past few years, Mary’s health deteriorated, an illness that she bore with great dignity. However only nine weeks after Jim’s untimely passing, they are reunited again. Mary will be sadly missed by her sons, Patrick, Seamus and John, daughters-in-law, Helen, Carmel and Marie, her Grand children, James, Becca, Nicky, Daniel, Kate and Anna, her brother Mick (Kiltimagh), her extended family and friends.
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