Doughmakeon, Louisburgh, Co Mayo
Ann, our mother, was born in Ballygar, County Galway, on July 18, 1934 the youngest daughter of 14 children raised by Patrick Naughton and Ellen Devine. She spent her childhood running in green fields with wildflowers, collecting eggs from the hen house, carrying buckets of water from the Tully pump and washing her hair in the River Suck. When she was only 15 years-old she emigrated to the United States with her older sister Katherine. She worked during the days to support herself and at nights she attended secondary school and graduated in 1954.
After graduation, she enjoyed working in the office at Schrafft’s candy factory. Her co-worker and our aunt, Mary Norton (O’Malley), introduced our parents, Michael Patrick and Ann, and they began their life together, had seven children, and were married for 59 years. Our mother was a wonderful homemaker who stressed education and study. She wanted her children, especially her daughters, to be self-reliant and, self-sufficient. While raising a family, she also worked as a nurse’s aid in the Boston Home. When our elderly grandparents needed support, our mom, the devoted wife, returned to Ireland in 1979 to provide care to Sarah and Thady of Doughmakeon.
Our mom became a hard-working farmer’s wife. She helped our dad with the milking, seasonal chores as well as preparing ample and delicious meals on silage day. She was dad’s equal partner giving encouragement, support and wise advice in the running of the farm, ultimately resulting in an award for the quality of their milk.
In our hearts we will forever remember our mom. We will miss her phone calls and chats. She told the most wonderful stories. Our holidays were only complete when we had an opportunity to wish each other a happy Christmas and Easter. We will miss her advice and opinions, which were informed by her perceptive insight of people and events.
We will miss her delicious home cooked meals as will the many visitors who came to the old homestead. She went out of her way to ensure all felt welcomed in her home.
We will miss the shamrocks and St Patrick’s Day badges arriving by mail for her grandchildren… always in time for March 17. We will miss her sense of humour. She was quick to laugh and found humour in everyday moments. Her daughters will miss shopping trips with mom and thanks to Beth, who recently introduced her to online shopping, an Amazon package actually reached the lower road of Doughmakeon in 2021. We will always remember her as the heart of our home.
Ann is survived by her seven children; Mary Sullivan and her husband Michael of Needham, MA, Timothy O’Malley of Doughmakeon, Michael O’Malley and his wife Michelle of Milton, MA, Theresa Matthews and her husband George of Westwood, MA, Martin O’Malley and his wife Elena of Brookline, MA, Helen Weis and her husband James of Westwood, MA, and Beth O’Malley and her fiancée John O’Toole of Boston, MA, 14 grandchildren Caitlin and her husband Michael (Refkofsky), Michael, Amy (Sullivan), Ann, Grace (O’Malley), George and his wife Natasha, Sarah and her husband Charlie (Tangerini), Paul (Matthews), Ronan, Yonah, Constantine (O’Malley), Brian, Christopher (Weis), Conor O’Malley, two great grandchildren Sean, Cora (Refkofsky), sisters-in-law Mary Naughton of Ballygar, Maidie Naughton of Ballinasloe, Maureen Naughton of Blackpool, UK, Margaret Naughton of Milton, MA, brother-in-law Joseph O’Malley of Marshfield, MA and many nieces and nephews living in Ireland and abroad. May her gentle soul rest in eternal peace.