Drimnagh, Dublin and of Knockrooskey, Westport
Jenny was born in 1933 in Dublin City to Patrick and Catherine O’Neill, one of ten siblings. Having been introduced to the love of her life (Tony Bevan Snr) by her lifelong friend Joan Nolan, they went on to marry and raise four children together.
In later life, Jenny filled her days traveling the length and breadth of the country with her dearest sister and much-loved companion May, traveling the whole way to Sligo just to buy a pair of shoes to turning up in Westport for a spot of lunch and home again on the 6 o’clock train.
Jenny had a big heart which was so full of love for her friends, family and husband. Jenny was ahead of her time, she loved people, it didn’t matter who they were or where they came from, she went out of her way to show compassion, charity and kindness to those often marginalised by wider society.
In later years Jenny came to live in Westport where she resided with her daughter Jayne and family.
We had the privilege of having Jenny live with us in Westport for the past five years, even with a failing memory her face would light up as she constantly reminded us of how much she loved her family and how she would never get another one like her husband Tony.
Jenny was welcomed into the community and supported by Community Action on Dementia in Mayo and the ‘Get Together’ group in Westport where she made many new friends. Jenny thoroughly enjoyed her days out at the Monday ‘Sing-a-long’ group at the Wyatt Hotel.
The family would especially like to extend their warmest thanks to her devoted carers Noreen Finnerty (Ballintubber) and Bernie McHale (Castlebar) who showed great love towards Jenny and became part of the family, their kindness will never be forgotten.
They’d also like to thank Fiona Hoban and Frances Maloney from Community Action on Dementia in Mayo who provide much needed resources and friendship for those living with Dementia in Mayo. Thanks also to Maureen Scott and Claire Purton from the Get Together group provided by Westport Social Services Centre.
The family wish to express sincere appreciation to the Doctors and medical team who took care of Jenny throughout her illness and in her final days and also to Tom and Mary Navin for showing true friendship at a difficult time.
Jenny, who passed away unexpectedly was predeceased by her husband Tony. She is survived by her loving family, sons Tony and Paul Bevan (Canada), daughters Jayne Langan (Knockrooskey) and Susan Hynes (Kilmeena), sisters, brothers, grandchildren, great grandchildren and a large circle of friends.
Her Funeral Mass took place on Monday May 31 at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, Drimnagh, with burial afterwards in Palmerstown Cemetery.
‘Thank you for welcoming Jenny into a new community and enriching her life with fun and enjoyment in her elder years. Although our whole family, both at home and abroad are so devastated to lose Jenny we can take comfort from the fact that she is now finally reunited with her soulmate Tony – the purest example of true love. If there is one thing, we can all learn from Jenny Bevan it’s to live life with a warm heart, full of love for our family, our friends and others. Thank you for the memories, the love and the many, many laughs – we’ll never get another one like you!’