Maureen Morrissey, Fairgreen Row, Dundalk who died unexpectedly in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital on March 4th was a member of one of Dundalk’s best known families.
Aged 87, Maureen was one of six children of James and Esther Morrissey and was born and lived in the family Fair Green house all her life. She shared that house with her brother, Gabriel and sister, Nancy who survive her and who are heartbroken by her death after a very short illness.
Educated at the Mercy Convent and St. Vincent’s, Maureen worked as a secretary in O¹Rourke’s Mill in Mill Street just round the corner from her
Maureen was fond of nature, especially wildlife and loved her regular car trips round the Cooley peninsula which was her favourite place to visit.
She also enjoyed travel and took in visits to Rome, Lourdes and Spain. The home and the garden were Maureen’s domain, for she provided a warm and
comfortable home for her brother and sister, and unselfishly took on the extra burden of caring for her sister in recent years. She tended her back
garden diligently and had her bulbs and plants ready for planting for this year.
Maureen enjoyed classical music and was deeply religious, never missing Mass in nearby St. Nicholas.
Her unexpected death has left her brother and sister devastated, but they are grateful for the time they shared and their very happy memories of her
dedication to their well being.
Maureen is survived by her brother, Gabriel and sister, Nancy and by her nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.
She was predeceased by her brother, Fr. Brendan, S.M., who died in 2009, and by sisters, Theresa Boyd who resided in America and Eileen Doyle who resided in Duleek.
Having reposed at Dixon’s Funeral Home, Maureen’s remains were taken to St. Nicholas Church where they were received by Rev. Garrett Campbell, C.C.
Requiem Mass was celebrated the following day by Rev. Jimmy McElroy, S.M., assisted by Rev. Kevin Cooney, S.M., and Rev. Kevin Maher, S.M.
The Readings were given by family friends, Paula Gribben and Jacqueline Hillen and the Prayers of Intercession were led by Fr. Maher.
The Offertory Gifts were presented by friends of the family, Alan and Myles Twibill and Josh Gribben and the beautiful music was provided by the St. Nicholas Church choir with Olivia Finnegan on the organ.
After Mass burial took place in St. Patrick’s cemetery.