Real sadness at the passing of a lovely lady

The late Mary Redpath Healy of Rockfield, Faha and formerly of St Anne’s Road.

KILLARNEY was greatly saddened to learn of the unexpected passing, on Monday, of Mary Redpath Healy of Rockfield, Faha and late of St Anne’s Road.

A popular, compassionate, gentle and intelligent lady, she was very well known and liked in her native town and she was always immensely proud of Killarney and its people.

Anytime anybody she knew, even in passing, achieved anything notable in life, Mary was one of the first people on the phone to offer congratulations and she was also there whenever acquaintances were in need of support or consolation.

Always in good humour and with a trademark broad smile, she always found time to stop and chat and ask about the welfare of others.

Mary worked as a community psychiatric nurse and it was through that role that she met her husband, Declan Healy, also a nurse.

They were wed in 1975, set up home in Declan’s native Faha and they had a daughter, Gemma.

Declan was appointed chief nursing officer in St Finan’s Hospital, Killarney in 1970 and, in the process, he became the first CNO in the psychiatric services in the country.

Declan, who passed away in May 2013, spent 22 years in the role at a time when the hospital catered for hundreds of patients and a huge number of staff and Mary was a constant support to him and always rock solid with practical advice.

Predeceased also by her brother Jim and sister Marina, Mary is survived by her daughter, Gemma, son-in-law Savio, grandchildren Izzy, Eloa and Nayara, sister Ciss (Casey), sisters-in-law, brother-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives, neighbours and many friends.

In accordance with government and HSE guidelines, and in the interest of public health, a private funeral will take place for Mary on this Wednesday morning in the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Listry with burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.

The service will be live streamed on website at 11.00am.

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