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Mary Conway (née Kelly)


The Bridge, Killawalla, Westport

Mary Conway passed away peacefully in the comfort of her own home on July 30, surrounded by her family and following an illness which she bore with great dignity and strength of character. As the eldest of three sisters, Mary was born on July 17, 1940, to Annie and John Kelly, Ayle, Westport. Growing up in Ayle, Mary attended Knockrooskey National School until 14 years of age, after which she worked in the CAP factory in Westport for a number of years. During this time, she met Joe Conway at a dance in Aughagower and they married after a few years of courting on April 17, 1963. They spent their honeymoon in Offaly with Joe’s sister, and on their return they moved into the family home in Killawalla. Here they raised four children Bridie, John, Ann and Pat and worked hard on their family farm. Mary was an active participant in a number of community groups and committees including the Ladies Club, Killawalla National School, Killawalla Card Games, Pioneer Association and the Alter Society. Faith was a hugely important part of Mary’s life, from reciting daily Rosaries, attending Knock (even on the week of her passing), and being an integral part of the Wednesday Adoration society with her very dear friends Bridie and Mary. The hour long adoration would stretch on for hours as Mother would have to catch up with her close friend Kathleen MacEvilly over a cup of coffee on her way home.
Above all, family was the linchpin on which Mary’s life revolved. She was fiercely proud of her children and grandchildren and all their collective achievements, which she would catch up on as she prepared the Sunday dinner a tradition which she kept going until her passing. She recently celebrated her 80th birthday and spoke non-stop for weeks before hand about how excited she was, and how she was looking forward to having all her family around her for this very special occasion. An avid card shark, Mary loved nothing better than a good lively game of 25 and she was always adamant you had to “Take your dealing trick”, “Go to your play” and “Don’t let them up 15”. She certainly played the hand she was dealt in life to the best of her ability and made the most of every moment. In later years Bingo became her main social outlet, which she attended 3 to 4 times a week with her good friend Liz.
Mary was pre-deceased by her loving husband Joe in April 2005 and her infant granddaughter Denise in September 1988 and she will be deeply missed by her heartbroken family: daughters, Bridie (Carravilla, Hollymount), Ann (Westport), sons John (Puntabeg, Charlestown), Pat (Killawalla), son-in-law Michael, daughter-in-law Liz, sisters Ann Hughes (Cloonskill), Margaret Kerrigan (Dereenascoobe), grandchildren, all her extended family, neighbours and friends.
May she rest in peace.