There was great sadness across the region recently as news spread of the death of the much loved Ellen (Nellie) Browne of Streamstown, Newtowncashel.
A native of Rathcline, Nellie Farrell was married to Sean Browne and the couple enjoyed many years of happiness together. They always travelled together and were an incredibly close couple.
The family home at Streamstown was Nellie’s pride and joy and she kept it in pristine condition. The couple’s beloved daughter, Ann, now lives in Canada, with her husband, David, and their two young children. Nellie loved to make the trips over to see Ann and family and was exceptionally proud of her two young grandchildren, Ava and Jack.
Nellie loved life in rural Longford and epitomised everything that’s good about life in the country and the enduring qualities of community spirit and simply being a good neighbour. She never imposed herself on people and tended to keep to herself but anybody who was ever in any difficult, knew they could turn in confidence for advice and good counsel to Nellie Browne.
She always wanted to be a nurse and excelled in the profession and would have worked up until her retirement at St Loman’s. She made many friends from her time nursing and her days in St Loman’s and they all remember a woman who gave so much more than was expected or required of her.
Nellie was a life long member of the Knock Shrine Society and her many friends in the group are grieving her passing dearly. She had been a handmaid of Our Lady of Knock for over 33 years and she took great pride in this privileged position.
With her nursing skills and training, Nellie worked in this capacity for the Society and exuded qualities of kindness, charity and loyalty. Indeed these were qualities that hallmarked all aspects of Nellie’s life.
She was always in good humour and was never without that trademark smile of hers. She was a woman of deep faith and her generosity knew no bounds.
She was easy going and gregarious and quickly made friends with young and old alike. Your were never a stranger for long in Nellie’s company.
Even when faced with serious illness in her latter days with us, Nellie remained optimistic, dignified and courageous. And such was her devotion to Our Lady that she made the special request to be laid to rest in her Knock uniform. Also her treasured veil from the shrine was presented at the altar at the start of her funeral mass.
The handmaids and stewards from Knock shrine have lost a dear friend in Nellie’s passing and many from the Shrine attended her funeral in Newtowncashel. Their lives were enriched from knowing Nellie and they would want her family to know that they and Nellie will remain in their thoughts and prayers.
The late Nellie Browne passed away peacefully in the loving care of her family and the nurses and staff of the Oncology Unit at the Regional Hospital, Tullamore on December 20, 2016. Her passing is deeply mourned by her beloved husband, Seán; her loving daughter, Anne; her son-in-law, David; her adored grandchildren Ava and Jack; her sister Mary; brothers-in-law, Mickey and Patsy; nieces, nephews, relatives and a large circle of friends and neighbours. He remains reposed at the family home in Streamstown before being brought to the Church of the Blessed Virgin, Newtowncashel for. Mass of the Resurrection and interment afterwards in ‘Cashel Cemetery.