The death of Nancy Kelleher (née Kerton) of 5 Glenconnor, Clonmel occurred on the night of Monday, 8th November at her home in the caring hands of her family, after a short illness.
Nancy was the daughter of Mary and John Kerton and was born in Glenconnor on 6th June 1929. She was the youngest of six children and was educated at the Presentation Convent School in Clonmel.Nancy was a keen gardener and worked the land to help sustain a life for herself and her siblings with her mother. She was employed as a maid in Cleeve's, an English gentry family and famous toffee manufacturers, which is where the Garden Centre is located in Glenconnor. When the '99' year lease was up the Cleeves moved to Kilkenny and Nancy went to work in Magner's bottling plant, where she worked until she married Philip Kelleher on 29th August 1956 in St. Mary's Church, Clonmel.
Three years later the first of their seven children was born. Nancy was a full time housewife and mother who tended to the house and garden while raising seven children, while Phil worked full time as a fruit and vegetable salesman.
Nancy took time out for some socialising with her two close friends Nellie Johnson and Rita Sweetman, who have also since passed away. They enjoyed meeting up on a Saturday night with their respective husbands and escaping the daily grind.
As their children became older, Nancy joined Phil and assisted him with his business. Together they worked hard for many years selling fruit, vegetables, shrubs and shelter-trees, which they traded from their van. They travelled to country markets nationwide to have their stalls set up for 5 o'clock in the morning. Although the work was extremely tough, it was a means of living to support their children and they were always happy to be working with one another.
Nancy was known well for her unfailing generosity of spirit and the gift of serenity that she abundantly possessed. Nothing gave her greater happiness than simple human kindness and she constantly taught this to her children and grandchildren. If a fire brigade had sirens sounding, she would always send a prayer in the hope that no one was injured in the fire or accident.
Nancy was a very compassionate woman and every Sunday without fail she would make the journey to a Cashel nursing home to visit her remaining sister-in-law, Bridie Kerton, to whom she was very close. She would bring fruit and sweets for her and the other patients and they delighted in seeing her. Nancy was a firm believer in tradition and would also visit her neighbours every Christmas without fail. Even last Christmas, during the harsh ice cold temperatures and severe conditions, she persisted in her quest to pay those visits.
Nancy had an air of compelling charm and excitement about her and was infamous for her glamorous sense of style and beauty. The unique way in which she wore her make-up, hair and fashionable attire were admired frequently and complimented by many. Her life was shaped by her deep spirituality of the Catholic Church as well a growing trust and love of angels in her later years. As well as the great love of the outdoors and gardening Nancy loved to read poetry, especially a book she held close to her heart written by her cousin about his adventures at sea while serving in the Navy many years ago.
Nancy was a hard worker and dedicated her life to her late husband Phil and her family. She loved her children dearly and spent much time caring for her grandchildren too, as they were constantly around her. She was a healthy and vibrant,young at heart woman and enjoyed a full and joyful life up to the time she became ill. Unfortunately, Nancy never did come to terms with her late husband's death and found it difficult to return to any life of normality'
Deepest sympathy is extended to her brother Vincent, her children Claire, Gaye, Joseph, Philip, Vincent, Mary and Niamh, her grandchildren Georgia, Alex, Olivia, Sheona, Tara, Sean, Dean, Holly, Joey, Christian, Keith, Aimee, Kieran, Darragh and Andrea; and her great grand children Ben, Danny, Sasha and Kayla.
May the angels constantly love and assist you and Phil while you continue to nurture the growth of beauty in your beautiful new garden in heaven.