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Drogheda Independent - - NEWS -

FRANCES Hol­land of High­field in Drogheda, passed away peace­fully in St. El­iz­a­beth’s Nurs­ing Home, Ath­boy Co. Meath at the age of 87. Frances had pre­vi­ously sur­vived Breast cancer in 1975 but this time suc­cumbed to Pan­cre­atic Cancer on the 14th De­cem­ber 2017.

Frances was born in En­nis Co. Clare on 9th May 1930 and was the youngest of five chil­dren, born to De­nis and Mol­lie Howard. She was fondly re­ferred to as ‘ Baby’ by all her family mem­bers.

Frances trained as a nurse in Southamp­ton, Eng­land, but came home to nurse her el­derly fa­ther in 1960.

She met her hus­band Patrick Hol­land, a sales­man from Cork city, in the match­mak­ing cap­i­tal of Ire­land, Lis­doon­va­rna, Co. Clare. The cou­ple got mar­ried in Lim­er­ick and moved to Trim, Co. Meath while their house in High­field was com­pleted in 1965 and sub­se­quently had three boys, Paul, Pat and Ray­mond.

Frances later re­sumed her ca­reer and was a very pop­u­lar night nurse for over 20 years in St. Mary’s (Dublin Road) and The Cot­tage Hos­pi­tal in Drogheda, un­til she re­tired in 1995.

She loved liv­ing amongst her neigh­bours in High­field, al­ways putting her family and friends first and was very proud of her three sons and five grand­chil­dren.

In 1975 Frances sur­vived Breast cancer but only af­ter tak­ing ad­vice from a friend to get a sec­ond opin­ion af­ter ini­tially be­ing given the all-clear!

She at­trib­uted her sur­vival to her huge de­vo­tion to Padre Pio , had great faith and was a daily mass-goer, at­tend­ing The Holy Family, Au­gus­tinian, St. Peter’s and Do­mini­can churches in Drogheda. She also loved to walk on Bet­tys­town Beach on a daily ba­sis.

Over the years Frances main­tained very close friend­ships with many of her former nurs­ing col­leagues.

She also en­joyed the com­pany of many won­der­ful peo­ple in Donore Bridge Club and Ath­boy Bridge Club. Frances was al­ways proud of her Clare roots, fre­quently trav­el­ling to visit her two older sis­ters who are still alive to­day, Cissie (94) and Mai (92).

The three sis­ters man­aged to write other for more than 70 years!

She loved to travel es­pe­cially to Lour­des, Fa­tima and Med­ju­gorge and trav­elled on her own to visit her son Pat and his family in Aus­tralia in 2004.Her out­go­ing, car­ing na­ture and her zest for life, made an im­pres­sion on many who crossed her path.

Her three sons fol­lowed their fa­ther’s pas­sion for soccer and Gaelic Foot­ball and played for var­i­ous Drogheda teams.

Paul lives in Kells , is a Deputy Prin­ci­pal in Dun­shaugh­lin and mar­ried to Maria from Peru, with one son, Martin, and is very in­volved with Drogheda United.

Pat lives in Syd­ney, Aus­tralia and played for the Louth Mi­nors in Croke Park and has two chil­dren, Dylan and Clodagh, with part­ner Kathy from Syd­ney.

Ray­mond and his Span­ish wife Martha, have two girls, Lucia and Zara and live in West­meath. Ray­mond played with St. Ni­cholas GAA and St. Mary’s DS teams and both Pat and Ray­mond work in the IT sec­tor.

Their dad, Patrick (Paddy) loved Cork Hibs and Drogheda Utd but passed away sud­denly in 1985, also in the month of De­cem­ber.

The family wish to thank all the staff in The Lour­des and Cot­tage Hos­pi­tals in Drogheda and St. El­iz­a­beth’s Nurs­ing Home in Ath­boy, Fr. David Bradley of The Holy Family Church, Town­ley’s Fu­neral Home and all who sym­pa­thised with them on their re­cent be­reave­ment. to each

Late Frances Hol­land

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