Letterlough, Newport and Belclare, Westport
Annie was born on May 27, 1932 to James and Margaret (Margo) Grady, Belclare, Westport. She was the youngest of eight children.
Annie was predeceased by her husband John Joe, infant daughter, Ann Catherine Bridget, grand-daughter Sara Rose and son-in-law, Joe Kelly (Galway). Annie was also predeceased by her parents, brothers Tommie Joe, James, Mike, John, Phil; sisters, Bridget Grady and Catherine Brindley.
Annie will be remembered as a bright shining light in the local community.
Annie spent her childhood and early adult years in Belclare, she attended Brackloon National School and later went to work in what was locally known as The Thread Factory. She spoke very fondly of her time there and made a number of lifelong friends. She had a strong love of music, especially country. Annie suffered the loss of her sister, Bridget, at the age of twelve, after a short illness. Annie’s brothers and sister immigrated to England and Wales.
Annie married John Joe O’Malley on September 10, 1960, and they settled into married life together in Letterlough, Newport. It was always an open welcoming house and there was nothing that Annie and John Joe liked better than to have neighbours, friends and relations visit regularly. Annie had a love of the countryside and farming. She regularly enjoyed walking and taking in the local natural scenery. Annie and John Joe went on to have seven children. Sadly, their infant daughter Ann died in 1969. Tragedy struck again in 1974, when her husband John Joe passed away after a short illness. With the support of her family, neighbours and friends Annie continued to raise her family and to work the farm.
Annie enjoyed a well-deserved holiday of a lifetime to Boston, USA, when her cousins invited her Stateside in the 1980’s. She also travelled regularly to the UK to visit family in later years.
Annie was a strong, private and family oriented person. She loved spending time with her children and their families, and looked forward to every family social event. Annie had a strong faith, she found this a source of comfort and strength, which helped her through tragic and difficult times.
Annie passed away peacefully in the loving care of the Pilgrim’s Rest Nursing Home, Westport on April 13, 2020. The Funeral Mass took place at noon on Wednesday, April 15, at Newport church and afterwards, she was laid to rest at Burrishoole Cemetery.
Annie is survived by her children: Margaret Kelly (Galway) John James O’Malley (Newport), Paddy O’Malley (Westport), Mary Skilton (Castlebar), Bernadette Keaveney (Ballyglass) and Geraldine Sidley (Moycullen, Galway); sons-in-law: Clive Skilton, Martin Keaveney, and Sean Sidley, daughter-in-law, Helena O’Malley, and John’s partner, Kathleen O’Malley. Annie is also survived by her many grandchildren and great grandchildren, nieces and nephews and former daughter-in-law, Mary Loftus.