On Thursday last, relatives, friends and neighbours poured into the Church of the Sacred Heart, Carrickedmond to pay their final respects to Mary Hill (née Donohoe), Listubit, Ballymahon, Co Longford, who passed away on October 24 following a road accient in Roscommon.
Mary was involved in a car accident on Sunday, October 23 on the N60 at Corrastoona Beg, Castlerea Co Roscommon. The 87-year-old was taken to University Hospital Galway but sadly passed away the following day.
Speaking at the Funeral Mass, Fr Charlie Healy remembered Mary's “extraordinary attitude to life” . He also paid tribute to the “missionaries” who had taken care of Mary after the collision.
“While Mary's sisters, nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews and many friends are devastated at her tragic accident and her death in Galway University Hospital, they are consoled by the fact that from the moment of her accident there were missionaries there holding her hand and caring for her.
“An Eva McSweeney and friend went to Mary's aid after the crash, holding her hand and reassuring her that she was in good hands.”
Poignantly, Mary had been on her way to Knock for a Mass of thanksgiving for the canonisation of St Teresa of Calcutta.
Mary always had enormous admiration for Mother Teresa, and her work with the poor.
In fact, as Fr Healy explained, Mary had visited Calcutta on several occasions.
“Mary was just an ordinary parishioner with an extraordinary attitude to life, to work and to the care of others,” Fr Healy continued. “She had a great sense of humour that brought a smile wherever she went.”
A trained nurse, Mary worked in London and later, New York, where she met her beloved husband Jack.
The couple moved to Listubit from the States just over forty years ago and became much-loved figures in the community.
Sadly, Jack passed away just over a decade later.
Mary, who was helped in the past eight years by Linda Murray, continued to devote her time to her community, neighbours and friends.
“Mary Hill has given us an example of how to live our lives, how to use our gifts and talents for the good of ourselves, our families, communities and the world,” Fr Healy continued.
Revealing that Mary had an awareness of others' needs as well as a determination to complete any tasks she set her mind to, Fr Healy spoke about the Station Mass, which Mary hosted in her home just weeks before she passed away.
“She was beaming on the night with nieces, nephews, neighbours and friends gathered around her,” he added, pointing out that the occasion was one of thanksgiving, remembrance, and hopefulness.
“Today we gently let go of Mary Hill, she has shown us how to live a full life, how to care for one another, how to serve our church, and how to live our faith to the full.
“May she be rewarded for her love of others and her faith.”
Pre-deceased by her loving husband Jack, parents Francis and Mary, brother Andy and sisters Sr Mel and Kay, Mary is sadly missed by her sisters, Sr Carmel and Tess Lynam; nieces, nephews, grand nieces, grand nephews, relatives, neighbours and many friends.
Following her Funeral Mass, Mary was laid to rest in Abbeyshrule Cemetery.
May she Rest in Peace.