Mary Gribben, Upper Faughart, Dundalk, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family, in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda, on October 30 last.
She was beloved wife of Jim, dear mother of Pat, Tommy, David and Claire; and loving granny of Aaron, Amy, Oisin, Lauren, Shannon, Bailey, Sarah, Sean, Niamh and Cormac.
Mary was totally devoted to her family.
It was while working in Hallidays shoe factory at the age of 15 that she met Jim, to whom she was married for 53 happy years.
They shared many interests, one of which was travelling, and as well as several trips to America and European cities, they covered the length and breadth of Ireland in their camper van.
Mary had a great sense of fun and thought nothing of jumping in the camper van and heading off down the country at a moment’s notice.
She had a great talent for, and love of cooking, and worked for several years as the cook in Mount Oliver Franciscan Convent.
Anyone visiting her home would be greeted by a wide smile and the smell of baking.
Her garden was also a great source of joy to her, and she loved visiting garden centres to glean ideas. These ideas would then be shared with whoever dropped in for a chat.
Mary loved her grandchildren, and was always ready to offer advice if sought.
Birthdays, special events and achievements were always celebrated with presents for all concerned, planned well in advance.
Mary handled her illness with grace and dignity. She never complained and her good humour and gratitude inspired all who cared for her.
She will be deeply missed by her family and friends, but she has left a wealth of memories that will remain forever.
After reposing at her home, her remains were received in St. Brigid’s Church, Kilcurry, on November 1, and the funeral took place in the adjoining cemetery.
Mary is survived by her husband, Jim; children, Pat, Tommy, David and Claire; daughters-in-law, Mary, Anita and Christine; son-in-law, Kevin; grandchildren, Aaron, Amy, Oisin, Lauren, Shannon, Bailey, Sarah, Sean, Niamh and Cormac; sister, Olive; brothers, Brendan and John; extended family members and friends.