Moate, Killawalla, Co Mayo and Minnesota, USA
Annie was 95 years of age when she passed away in Minnesota. Born and raised in Moate, Killawalla, raised a blacksmith’s daughter, the youngest of nine children, Annie came over on the boat to New York City in 1949. There, she met her husband of 61 years, James, himself the son of Irish immigrants (from Tipperary and Offaly), and together they raised four boys.
In the finest tradition of Irish storytelling, Annie regaled us with vivid and often hilarious tales of her girlhood in Co Mayo and of starting a new life in America, including the time she walked into a Bronx hospital expecting to deliver her third child, and instead walked out with twins in her arms. We were blessed to have her as our mom, and she and her treasure trove of unforgettable stories will be cherished forever by her family.
Annie is preceded in death by her husband James, her parents Patrick and Julia Staunton (née Cannon), and eight siblings, Margaret (Peggy), Noreen, Mary (Molly), Patrick (Paddy), Kathleen (Kay), Julia (Babs), Delia, and Helen (Ellie). Survived by her sons Kevin (Theresa), Dennis (Stephanie), James (Joan) and Patrick (Maria Paulina), six grandchildren, three great grandchildren and niece Mary Staunton Kelly (Thomas) of Moate.
Special thanks to Mary Kelly for helping our mom stay connected to her homeland, her homestead and her family all these years.