Mar­garet lived her nurs­ing vo­ca­tion to its ut­most, al­ways car­ing for oth­ers

The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition) - - NEWS - Mar­garet Doyle, Lacca, Bal­ly­duff

THE pass­ing of Mar­garet Teresa Doyle (nee Lawlor) in Lacca, Bal­ly­duff, has left a huge gap in the lives of her fam­ily and friends.

Mar­garet was the youngest in a fam­ily of five born to Tim Lawlor and Brid O’Brien of Lacca. She went to pri­mary school in Bal­ly­duff where her mother was the prin­ci­pal, and se­condary school in Pre­sen­ta­tion Con­vent in Tralee. Af­ter her leav­ing cer­tifi­cate she went to Bris­tol to be­come a nurse. Nurs­ing was her vo­ca­tion, help­ing those in need, and car­ing for oth­ers be­came the mo­tif of her life.

Af­ter work­ing for a few years in South­mead Hos­pi­tal, re­turned to Ire­land to nurse her fa­ther when he fell ill. When he passed, she chose to stay at home to care for her mother. For many years af­ter­wards, she de­voted her­self to car­ing for the sick and dy­ing in her neigh­bour­hood when­ever it was needed.

For Mar­garet, Bal­ly­duff was ever af­ter­wards the cen­tre of her uni­verse. This was where she grew-up, watch­ing her broth­ers play for Bal­ly­duff, and singing “the Boys” in cel­e­bra­tion; feel­ing the pain as fam­ily and friends em­i­grated, won­der­ing if they would ever come back. This was where she learned how truly spe­cial neigh­bours are and how much they lift each other in times of need. This was where she learned to live, to love and to pray. This was where she mar­ried and raised a fam­ily.

Although she would travel all over in later years visit­ing fam­ily and friends, Bal­ly­duff was where ev­ery­thing be­gan and ended for her; it was at the heart of all that mat­tered to her, the three pil­lars of her life, her faith, her fam­ily and her friends.

Ev­ery­thing flowed from her faith. Although named in part for Saint Therese, she was es­pe­cially de­voted to the Sa­cred Heart.

She lived her faith as best she could, of­fer­ing un­der­stand­ing and com­pas­sion to any­one in need. She was al­ways tol­er­ant and com­pas­sion­ate, she was never judge­men­tal. She was al­ways sup­port­ive and un­der­stand­ing. No mat­ter how small the tri­umph or great the de­feat, she was al­ways there with sup­port, en­cour­age­ment and a cup of tea.

For Mar­garet, fam­ily ex­tended well be­yond her hus­band, her chil­dren, their spouses and her beloved grand­chil­dren. It ex­tended be­yond the broth­ers and sis­ters she adored, Eileen and Mau­reen, Tim and Pa­trick and their fam­i­lies. It in­cluded not only her beloved Fr. Pat, and Aun­tie Peg and cousin Betty who lived so close to her, it ex­tended to all her other cousins, neph­ews and nieces scat­tered across the globe.

She re­joiced in the far flung fam­ily tree of Scan­lons, O’ Briens and Lawlors and their de­scen­dants, wher­ever they might be. She loved to hear of all their doings, and was al­ter­nately glad­dened and sad­dened, by the news of their lives and losses.

Noth­ing gave her greater plea­sure than when a mem­ber of her fam­ily, no mat­ter how dis­tant the blood ties might ap­pear to be, showed up at her front door. They were al­ways wel­come as long as they were pre­pared to sit down and have a cup of tea. No mat­ter how you came into her clan, you mat­tered to her.

If you were a friend, you were part of her fam­ily. And you were ever af­ter­wards in her thoughts and her prayers. It was how she ended up with so many loyal friends who were with her in body and spirit to the very end, sup­port­ing and con­sol­ing her af­ter her hus­band’s pass­ing and help­ing her in every way. Even as her sight dimmed and her hear­ing failed, she took plea­sure and com­fort in know­ing they were there with her.

It might also ex­plain the ex­tra­or­di­nary ded­i­ca­tion and de­vo­tion she en­joyed from all the car­ers who helped her and Paddy in their de­clin­ing years and that made it pos­si­ble for her to con­tinue liv­ing to the very end in the house she loved so much.

She is deeply missed by her chil­dren Tim, Padraig and Breda, daugh­ters and son in law, Abbey, Paula and Stephen and her beloved grand­chil­dren, Steafán, Cian, Ea­mon and Ro­nan.

A months mind Mass for our beloved Mar­garet will be cel­e­brated on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 13 in Bal­ly­duff Church at 6.30pm. May she rest in peace.

The late Mar­garet Doyle

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