Marie was a de­voted mother and home­maker

Bray People - - OBITUARIES -

THE LATE Marie Byrne, née O’Ke­effe, died re­cently at the age of 96 fol­low­ing a short ill­ness.

Marie was pre-de­ceased by her hus­band Jack who was a post­man in Grey­stones. Marie her­self was raised in Dar­gan Street in Bray and moved to Grey­stones when she got mar­ried.

She is sur­vived by her chil­dren Dympna, Phyl­lis, Carmel. John and Bernard as well as her sons and daugh­ters in-law, 17 grand­chil­dren and 15 great-grand­chil­dren.

Marie was ed­u­cated at Ravenswell School and worked at Dublin Cas­tle un­til her mar­riage to Jack. While her job in­volved mak­ing stamps, she con­vinced her grand­chil­dren that she was a ‘spy for Michael Collins’!

A long-stand­ing mem­ber of the Del­gany ICA Guild, Marie was also a founder mem­ber of the Grey­stones Credit Union.

She had a pas­sion for am­a­teur dra­mat­ics and her chil­dren re­call go­ing to see her in many plays. She won ‘Best Ac­tress,’ on sev­eral oc­ca­sions with the ICA drama group.

Her fam­ily fondly re­mem­ber Marie as a fun-loving lady who loved laugh­ter and adored her grand­chil­dren and great­grand­chil­dren. She was a won­der­ful home­maker and a great cook and knit­ter and en­joyed tend­ing her gar­den.

She was a de­voted mother who al­ways steered her chil­dren to do the right thing.

Right up to the end of her life Marie was able to live at home and main­tain her in­de­pen­dence, thanks in no small part to her son and daugh­ter-in-law Eileen and Bernard who lived just yards away and kept a close eye on her. They were there for her morn­ing, noon and night to pro­vide com­fort, se­cu­rity and care and a lovely qual­ity of life in her fi­nal years.

Marie’s grand­daugh­ter Orla re­cently got the op­por­tu­nity to re­search her grand­mother’s life ex­ten­sively for her the­sis. As well as pro­vid­ing Orla with a vast col­lec­tion of pho­to­graphs, Marie was able to re­cite po­etry, sing songs that she learned in school and tell sto­ries that would oth­er­wise have been lost with her.

Her fam­ily mem­bers are very grate­ful to Marie’s doc­tor, Bren­dan Cud­dihy, as well as all of the staff at St. James’ hospi­tal who looked af­ter their mother in her last days. Fr. Joe Mur­phy, Marie’s neigh­bour and friend, said some beau­ti­ful words about her in his Mass. Fr. Enda and Fr. De­nis were also present. Marie had strong faith and was a reg­u­lar at­tendee at Mass in Black­lion Church.

She was laid to rest in Red­ford Ceme­tery. May her soul rest in peace.

The late Marie Byrne.

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