The death has taken place of Agnes Browne (nee Foy) of Stroan, Drumkeen, Ballybofey on 10th September 2012. Agnes died peacefully in her home where she had been lovingly cared for during her long illness, by her devoted son Frank and daughter in law Carmel. and their family.
Agnes was born in Kinaderry Glenfin and was one of nine children born to James and Elizabeth Foy (nee McMenamin). Her siblings were Marian, Jim, Kay, Margaret, Lily, Joe, Willie and Danny. Throughout her life Agnes knew the importance of the help and support of family members and the value she placed in her faith and trust in God.
She attended Lettershambo National School where she made many friends of whom she spoke with great fondness during her life. She developed a love of the Irish language and used it frequently when greeting people. She was a member of the local choir in Glenfin during her school days and as a teenager, something that she enjoyed very much.
Agnes married Patrick Browne on June 11th 1946 and moved into his family homestead in Meenticat Drumkeen, where Patrick’s parents Neil and Elizabeth Browne(nee Reid) also lived. During the following years their six children, Betty RIP, James, Neil, Patrick, Nora, and Frank were born. Seeing the need for a new home, Patrick set about making the blocks and building a new home in Stroan. The extended family moved to this location in 1958. Agnes, predeceased by her husband (1989) and her daughter Betty (2008) resided there until her death.
Agnes’s life centred around caring for her husband, children and extended family. Her kind and generous nature meant that her home was an open house where relatives, friends and neighbours were made to feel so welcome and appreciated. She was a wonderful homemaker and loved baking - treacle bread and oatmeal biscuits were her particular speciality. Her quiet, gentle and peaceful nature was acknowledged by all with whom she came in contact. She was a deeply religious person with a great devotion to the Rosary. Her strong faith brought her great solace throughout her life.
Agnes was never shy of hard work. Besides tending to all matters requiring attention inside the home she also helped outside on the farm; milking cows, saving turf and hay, sowing and gathering potatoes, preparing food and bringing it to the workers in the fields. Besides that she reared poultry, made jam, and was expert at butter making. Despite this busy daily schedule, she was the one who found time to write the letters and keep in touch with family members abroad.
Unfortunately Agnes developed Alzheimers disease and over a period of many years it slowly stole her away from the family she treasured and adored her so much. Despite the loss of so many of her faculties towards the end of her life, her keen sense of appreciation remained and was acknowledged, even in her final days, in her usual words “Thank you very much”.
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