Dorothy had a fam­ily as­so­ci­a­tion with Mon art that spanned gen­er­a­tions

Enniscorthy Guardian - - NEWS -

WHEN Dorothy Oakes (née Cook­man) passed away ear­lier this year, it truly was the end of an era. Dorothy was the last of her fam­ily to be as­so­ci­ated with Monart House, a prop­erty that had been in her fam­ily since 1740. She sold the prop­erty to the Grif­fin Ho­tel Group back in 2002 and moved to Madeira Woods and now the land wel­comes thou­sands of tourists ev­ery year as a renowned des­ti­na­tion spa.

Born in 1931, Dorothy was one of four children, along with Harry, Ely­dyr and Ed­lyne, born to Dorothy Davis and Nathaniel Ed­ward Rodgers Cook­man, who was a Cap­tain in World War I. Dorothy went to school lo­cally and spent many happy days at Monart, help­ing out with her mother at home.

Be­fore long, Dorothy met the love of her life, Billy. He had been rent­ing land at Monart and ro­mance blos­somed, with the two even­tu­ally ty­ing the knot in 1963. They wel­comed two children Eileen and Sarah and were lov­ing par­ents. Un­for­tu­nately, Dorothy knew her share of sad­ness too and she lost her beloved Billy in 1982 and trag­i­cally lost her daugh­ter Sarah in 2001. De­spite it all, how­ever, Dorothy re­mained a vi­brant and charm­ing char­ac­ter and was well loved in the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

Dorothy was in­volved in sev­eral as­pects of com­mu­nity life too. She loved to work with young peo­ple and she was a leader of the Brown­ies for years. She was also a green-fin­gered gar­dener and loved noth­ing more than get­ting out and do­ing a bit of work on her gar­den. She was also a mem­ber of the flower club. Given her won­der­ful his­toric fam­ily con­nec­tions through Monart House to the likes of the Jamesons and Mar­coni, it’s lit­tle sur­prise that Dorothy also had an avid in­ter­est in his­tory and was a mem­ber of the lo­cal his­tor­i­cal so­ci­ety. She reg­u­larly went on trips with them and made some great friends as a re­sult.

Dorothy was your typ­i­cal dot­ing grand­mother later in life as she wel­comed her beloved grand­chil­dren Leanne, Billy, Jack and Paul, all of whom she loved to spend time with and was con­stantly ask­ing af­ter. Fol­low­ing her pass­ing in June, there was a large at­ten­dance at St Mary’s Church in En­nis­cor­thy to bid a fond fi­nal farewell to a woman well re­spected by all. She was laid to rest af­ter­wards in the Moyne Grave­yard.

Dorothy is sadly missed by her lov­ing daugh­ter Eileen, beloved grand­chil­dren, son­sin-law Brian and Neville, nieces, neph­ews, rel­a­tives and a large cir­cle of friends gath­ered over many years. May she rest in peace.

The late Dorothy Oakes.

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