There has been sadness in Letterkenny at the passing of Mary Blake (Nee Molloy) of 30 Wolfe Tone Place, and formerly of Rosemount, Letterkenny.
Aged 92, Mary passed away at Archview Lodge, Nursing Home, Letterkenny, on Wednesday November 2nd.
Mary was predeceased by her husband Eddie, daughter Annette and son Gabriel. She is survived by her daughter Sally Maloney; sons PJ, Stephen, Vincent and Paschal; son-in-law Sean Maloney; daughters-in-law, Ann and Pasqueline; grandchildren and great children; sisters Rosaleen McCool, The Glebe, Stranorlar, and Angela Schneider Vermont US; and nieces, nephews relatives and friends.
Mary was born in Rosemount, Letterkenny in May 1924. She received an award for her writing skills when she was at national school in Letterkenny and a copy of her writing from the time was presented to her recently by Scoil Mhuire gan Smál at its 100 years anniversary celebrations.
Mary trained as a nurse during the Second World War in Southwell Hospital in London.
She later worked in the Tip Top Saloon on Upper Main Street in Letterkenny which was owned by sister, Peggy and her husband, Jackie Houston. She also ran a boarding house at Wolfe Tone Place which accommodated telephonists from the town’s post office.
Mary also worked in the housekeeping staff at the regional college in Letterkenny.
Mary’s remains reposed at the Eternal Light Chapel of Rest, Mountain Top, Letterkenny and were removed to her daughter Sally's and son-in-law Sean Maloney’s residence, 30 Wolfe Tone Place, Glencar.
The remains were received there by Fr Eamonn Kelly and she reposed there until, Friday November 4th. Fr Philip Daly said the prayers of farewell at the house on the morning of the removal to St Eunan’s Cathedral. Chief celebrant was Fr Eamonn Kelly and concelebrants were Fr James Gillespie, chaplain to Archview, and Cannon Willy McMenamin.
Music was under the direction of Declan Nee, and guitar and Amazing Grace reflection were by Mary’s grandson, Gabriel Blake.
The first reading was by granddaughter Sharon and second reading was by her daughter-in-law Pasqueline.
Gifts were brought to the altar and prayers of the faithful were by family members.
Mary was laid to rest in the family plot in Conwal Cemetery, where Fr Eamonn Kelly officiated.