Marie was a devoted mother and homemaker
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.