Tributes paid to 'beautiful soul' Kelly Rooney Leonard

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The late Kelly Rooney Leonard - Photo: Gofundme page

Heartfelt tributes have been paid to the memory of a 30-year-old Carrigallen woman who died suddenly in Florida recently.

Kelly Rooney Leonard had been working and living in Delray Beach, Florida for a number of years. She passed away suddenly on August 14, 2017.

Kelly was a former Carrigallen Vocational School pupil and her passing was met with shock and great sadness in the south Leitrim town.

Kelly is deeply mourned by her mother Jacqui, father David, stepfather Eamonn, brothers Kevin and James Peter and a wide circle of family and friends, touched by her life, both here and in America.

Tributes have been paid to her memory with Carrigallen GAA club noting: “We are saddened to learn of the tragic passing last week in Florida, USA of Kelly Rooney Leonard. We extend our sympathy to Kelly's mother Jacqui, father David Leonard, her step father Eamon Quinn and her brothers Kevin and James. Ar dheis dé go raibh a anam dílis.”

Finnegan's Pub in Delray Beach, Florida, where Kelly worked, has also honoured her memory holding a special memorial for her and also paying tribute to the passing of a “beautiful soul”.

“Our hearts are broken…,” a memorial post on the Tim Finnegan's Irish Pub website notes. “We have lost a beloved member of our Tim Finnegan’s family. Kelly Rooney Leonard, your beautiful face, your beautiful soul, that infectious laugh, that Irish fight, that fierce spirit and those twinkling eyes. All you met you gave your heart to, we are truly lost to see you go. Our deepest condolences to your Mummy, Daddy, brothers and all your family and friends. Thank you for all the joy you brought us, we pray you are at peace.”

A Gofundme page was set up to help meet the costs of bringing Kelly home to Ireland. It had raised $24,146 (USD) in just six days.

Kelly reposed at her home in Carrigallen, Co Leitrim on Wednesday, August 23.

Her Funeral Mass took place on Thursday, August 24 at 12pm in St Mary's Church, Carrigallen.

The service was followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery.

Donations can be made in Kelly's memory to the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust.

The Trust helps to alleviate the financial hardship of bereaved families repatriating their loved ones, who have died abroad in sudden or tragic circumstances, back to Ireland.

For further details on the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust and the work they do see: http://kevinbellrepatriationtrust.com/