Road victim is laid to rest

Road victim is laid to rest
The mother-of-three who died in a road traffic collision on New Year’s Day has been laid to rest.

The mother-of-three who died in a road traffic collision on New Year’s Day has been laid to rest.

Sheena Stewart (33) died in the early hours of New Year’s Eve when she was struck by a mini-bus in Ballyshannon at 1.50am.

It is believed that she tripped and fell on to the road before being struck by the vehicle.

Her death was the first on the country’s roads this year.

She was originally from Dooish, Ballybofey and had been living at Gort Na Greine, Letterkenny.

Sheena was laid to rest in Stranorlar following a service at a funeral home in Convoy on Sunday. Many mourners stood outside Gibson’s funeral home in Convoy where Rev. Stephen Richmond said that for most people who heard the news of her death, her life was simply reduced to a tragedy. Her death was reported as the first road fatality of 2015 and “for many, her life simply became a statistic,”

Sheena’s daughter Lucy read a poem to mourners and her son Dean sang a hymn.

Rev. Richmond said her young children, Shay, Lucy,and Dean, have great memories of their mother. He also offered prayers for her father Jim, step-mother Hilary, mother Kay, brother Eric, sister Deena and her extended family circle.

Sheena had been volunteering at Cara House in Letterkenny since 2013 where she helped two days a week. Coordinator of Cara House, Susan McCauley, said Sheena would be sorely missed by her colleagues, who had been shocked by her death. She said she was a hard worker who was extremely helpful and willing to do anything.

Sheena had voluntarily come to the centre on Christmas Day to help with the dinners even though it was not her day to come in.