The death of Nora Gibbons occurred peacefully at home on June 12, 2020. Her funeral service was private due to Covid-19 restrictions and took place at St Patrick’s Church, Aughagower.
Nora was born in Kilfea, Islandeady, Castlebar to Pat and Kate Lavelle and grew up in her loving home with her two brothers, Tony and Mike, her four sisters, Delia, Kathleen, Margaret and her twin sister Mamie. She is pre-deceased by all of her siblings with the exception of her sister Kathleen Lavelle. Nora worked for a time in Heneghans shop in Newantrim Street, Castlebar and spoke often of cycling to work with her sisters who also worked in Castlebar. Nora loved dancing and it was at one of the local dances that she was to meet her husband Mick Gibbons from Cushin in Westport.
Following her marriage in 1952 to Mick, she began her new life in Cushin, she cared for her parents-in-law and always welcomed Mick’s brothers, sisters and their families to Cushin and where they always referred to as “home”. Nora was a hard worker both outside and inside the home and always kept an immaculate house, she was a great baker and was renowned for her brown bread and treacle cakes.
Nora dedicated her life to her family and they meant everything to her. Nora and Mick had four sons, Padraig, Gus, Michael and Gerry and she finally got her one girl, her daughter Ann. She was so proud of all of them and once they were happy, she was content. Nora entered a new chapter in her life when her grandchildren came along and was always more than willing to look after them whenever she was needed. As they grew as adults, her love for them was reciprocated by their many visits and caring for her when she needed it. There was a friendly rivalry between all of her grandchildren as to whom was her “favourite” but they were all her favourites and she loved them deeply and when her great grandchildren came along she showered them with her love and affection and there was always a biscuit or a packet of mints for them as a treat.
Nora enjoyed good health for most of her life, in 2005 she lost her partner in life Mick, they had been married 53 years. They enjoyed many a Sunday going for spins and dancing in Foxhall, The Halfway House to name but a few venues, where they made many good friends. Whilst she grieved deeply for Mick, she continued on with her life and never let her sadness spoil many happy family events that she attended. In 2013 she was left broken hearted at the death of her son Michael, his loss to her was immense and one she could never really come to terms with. Over the last number of years her mobility was affected, however it did not stop her from continuing on with her baking for family and friends. Nora had a great sense of humour and no filter when it came to voicing her opinion! She was well cared for by her family and was blessed in later years with wonderful carers who treated her with exceptional kindness going way beyond any expectations. Faith was important to Nora and she prayed the Rosary each day.
Nora spent the last three months of her life with her daughter Ann in Balla but she was brought home to Cushin which was her wish for her last few days and she was surrounded by her loving family when she passed away peacefully.
Nora was so loved by her family and will be deeply missed by her sons, Padraig, Gus, Gerry and her daughter Ann, her daughters-in-law Marion, Maureen, Ann and Kathleen, her son-in-law Pat, her sister Kathleen Lavelle, her grandchildren, great grandchildren, nephews, nieces, neighbours and many good friends.