Cushalogurt, Kilmeena, Westport
The death of Mary O’ Grady occurred on May 14, 2020. Her funeral service was private due to Covid restrictions and took place in St Brendan’s Church on May 16. Mary was laid to rest in Myna cemetery. Mary was born on February 20, 1934, one of thirteen children to Sarah and Geoffrey Gibbons, Askelaune, Louisburg. At the tender age of sixteen she emigrated to the UK for work. She gained employment in a care home and this prompted her to train as a nurse. She honed her skills in London before departing to the USA, where she worked in both California and Chicago. She enjoyed her time there amongst her siblings and friends.
In the summer of 1967, she returned to Ireland with her young niece for a holiday. This trip was to define the rest of her life. She met and fell in love with Paddy O’ Grady and they married on July 3, 1968.
Mary settled well into her new life in Kilmeena and together with Paddy raised a family of five.
Mary was a hardworking woman and she immersed herself in the local community. She was always willing to help when called upon for her nursing knowledge. She worked hard both within the family home and on the farm. She had a great love of nature and her garden was her pride and joy.
In later years Mary returned to nursing in the Sacred Heart Home in Castlebar. She enjoyed this opportunity and made many new friends.
Mary wasn’t an extrovert, however she did enjoy the company of others, particularly neighbours and friends calling for a visit and a cuppa! She especially loved the visits from her sister Eileen in Cork, as together, with endless laughter, they recalled stories from their childhood in Askelaune. She also enjoyed the phone calls from her sister Bernie in Chicago and her brother Johny in San Francisco .
Family meant everything to Mary and the arrival over the years, of her sixteen grandchildren brought her great joy and together they made many happy memories.
Mary had been ill for a number of years, and her family are very grateful for the care and support both she, and they received during this time.
Mary is survived by her husband Paddy, daughters Ann, Mary and Regina, sons Michael and Geoffrey, sons-in-law Tommy, Mike and Sean, daughters-in-law Mary and Karen, grandchildren Sarah and Mark Forrestal, Ronan, Darragh and Cormac Slattery, Cillian, Ciara and Laura O’ Grady, Kathleen, Maeve, Patrick, Annie and Kevin O’ Grady, Emma, Tara and Niamh Byrne, sisters Bernie and Eileen and brother John, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.