The sudden death of Ms. Maisie Bonner, Roshine Lodge, Burtonport, in early November at Letterkenny University Hospital, has removed from our midst an outstanding lady and a highly respected member of our community.
Aged 75 years, she was admitted to hospital a number of days previous to her passing.
A native of Burtonport, she was the only child of the late John Neil Sean Boyle, formerly from Kimballycrowie, Burtonport and the late Mary Manus Bonner, the Rannagh, Burtonport.
Her late father John was well known in the fish processing business.
The family moved into their beautiful house at Roshine Lodge in 1956. Noted for her tidiness, Maisie's house was always spotless, inside and outside.
Maisie was always interested in the development in the area and, along with her family, was a great supporter of all community events, especially the Community Centre and our local marching bands.
There was always a warm welcome for all callers to her home and she enjoyed a good conversation. She took particular pride in her family and grandchildren and was an outstanding wife, mother, grandmother, neighbour and friend.
The Burtonport area will be much poorer for her passing.
Her funeral, which was large and representative, took place to the old cemetery adjacent to St. Mary’s Church, Kincasslagh, following mass in St. Columba’s Church, Acres, celebrated by Rev. Fr. Pat Ward, P.P, assisted by Rev. Fr. Matt McInerny.
The readers at the mass were her son Noel and daughter Sharon. The prayers of the faithful were read by her grandchildren Jerome, Michael, Darragh, Orla, Damien & Katie. Soloist at the mass was Pauline Glackin, accompanied by her brother Joe.
At the end of the mass, a beautiful reflection of Maisie’s life was read out by John Andy Bonner.
She is survived by her husband John, sons John Michael, Noel and Paddy, daughters Geraldine, Mary Jo (Maghery), Pauline (Bruckless) and Sharon (Croveigh), grandchildren, in laws and a large family circle to whom deepest sympathy is extended.