Lecanvey, Westport, Co Mayo
Teresa was born on April 19, 1935 in Kilsallagh and died on November 15, 2020 at her home in Lecanvey surrounded by her family. After attending school in Kilsallagh, our Mother like many others from the area at that time immigrated to England where she worked at various jobs and had many a story to tell from her time there. Eventually she was drawn back from England by the love her life, the late Paddy Gannon from Lecanvey and here they made their life.
Our memories of our Mother is a hardworking and caring person and what really mattered to her was her family, friends and her faith. For us growing up in Lecanvey, our house was a real home with treasured memories. She was always there for us and encouraged us to make the best of everything.
Mam was so proud of her nine grandchildren and took a keen interest in what they were doing with their lives, on the flip side her grandchildren really loved her and spent a lot of time with her. The love of her life was our Dad, her Paddy and his sudden passing 20 years ago really hit her and she spoke of him on a regular basis as if it just happened the other day.
Mam had a great Faith and would seldom miss Mass and the visits by Fr Charlie and Fr Jerry to give her communion in her last days was a great comfort to her.
Mam’s friends and she had many, were her lifeline and that’s what kept her going. Her home was a very open house, it was busier than a lot of train stations! People coming and going all the time, and Mam loved this, she really enjoyed company and she had a warm welcome for everyone and we say thank you to one and all, for your regular visits and phone calls, you made a massive positive difference to Mam’s life and helped her to continue to live happily and independently in her own house where she always wanted to be. There was no place like home for Mam.
Our Mam was a great cook and baker and many a person tasted her legendary big fry ups, homemade brown breads and jams, her delicious cheese cakes, rhubarb and apple pies, and Christmas cakes. A lot of baking and cooking went on in her house and these smells today evoke happy times.
The phone in our house never stopped ringing and this was another of her lifelines, she kept in contact with so many people and was always interested in what they were doing. Mam had a great ability to make friends, she often said “It never hurt to say hello to someone and to smile” she could easily strike up a conversation with strangers and these often led to lifelong connections. She knew every staff member in Supervalu and she enjoyed her shopping trips there, she held court with my sister’s neighbours in Naas when she came to visit and also with mine in Kerry. People who met her would say “Your Mam is lively, great craic, spirited, a tonic” and she was all of the above!
A special mention to the people who really looked after our Mam when she needed help especially in her later years, her wonderful neighbours, relations and friends. Her GP Karina Morrison, District Health Nurse, the Home Help team, the Palliative Care Team and Night Nurses, you are all so brilliant in what you do.
For such a sociable person she always said that she wanted a simple funeral with a nice Mass and no fuss and with the Covid-19 pandemic, this is what she got. We acknowledge the professionalism of the Undertakers and his team during this difficult time. Looking at the hundreds of condolence messages received, our Mother touched a lot of lives near and far and the common words through these condolences were as follows: great fun, very kind, a great sense of humour, laughter, devilment, always interested, caring, welcoming, very generous, full of life, warm hearted, wonderful friend. To us, George, Margaret and Peter a wonderful Mother.
We are sad but we also have so much to be grateful for, in that we had our Mam for so long, our children had a Granny who was so important in their lives and we all have some great happy memories that will ease the loss. We also got to say our goodbyes and spend precious time with her in her final days at home where she wanted to be.
It is hard to let her go and we will miss her so much but she has earned her rest. Rest in peace Mam.
Teresa is predeceased by her husband Paddy and will be sadly missed and remembered with love by her sons George (Castlebar), Peter (Tralee), daughter Margaret (Naas), daughters-in-law Catherine and Olivia, son-in-law Kieran, grandchildren, brother Austin (Wolverhampton, England), sister Bridie (USA), sisters in law, brother in law, nieces, nephews, relatives, neighbours and a large circle of friends.