Lilia Wynne (nee McCormack) from Ard Fatima, Clonmel, who died in May, was a devoted wife and mother who lived for her family.
Lilia was the daughter of Catherine and Paddy McCormack from Upper Irishtown. She was one of a family of three and had one brother, Paddy, and two sisters, Maureen and Kitty.
After finishing school she and two of her friends from Irishtown, the Mulcahy sisters, went to work for a time in Wales, which was a great adventure for them.
When she returned to Clonmel Lilia worked in Bulmers, where she met her future husband Henry, who pre-deceased her in 1997.
She and Henry had four sons and two daughters – Michael, Anthony, Theresa, Eugene, Ken and Caroline. The family lived for a short time in Irishtown before moving to Ard Fatima, where Lilia lived with her son Eugene and grand daughter Chloe up to the time of her death.
As well as rearing the family she worked at the Irish Lady shop in Abbey Street, opposite the Friary, making handbags and ladies fashion accessories; and as a cook at the Presentation Convent with her good friend Mary Kelly from St. Mary’s Place, Irishtown.
Lilia loved a game of bingo and played with her friends Peggy McNamara and Ronnie Dahill every Sunday night for many years.
She also enjoyed a flutter whenever the family greyhound was running and would watch the recording of the race the following day to see how it fared.
In recent years she looked forward to her twice-weekly trips to the Day Care Centre in Irishtown, where she met up with her friends and had a chat with them over a cup of tea, as well as taking part in the various activities there.
A trip to Cootehill, Cavan to visit her son Michael, his wife Sally and family, was another great outlet for her.
Lilia had seven grandchildren – Garret and Kate Wynne in Cootehill; Paul Wynne, Mark Fahey, Michelle Fahey, Siobhan Wynne and Chloe Wynne in Clonmel – and was very proud of their achievements. She also enjoyed the company of her four great-grandchildren.
Lilia had been in poor health for many years and was admitted to the South Tipp General Hospital for six weeks before her death. She died surrounded by her family and in the great care of the doctors, nurses and staff at the hospital.
Her remains reposed at O’Donoghue’s Funeral Home and the removal took place to St. Mary’s Church in Irishtown, which held a special place in her affections as it was the church where she was was christened, as well as receiving her first Holy Communion and Confirmation.
She was buried at St. Patrick’s Cemetery following Requiem Mass. Sincere sympathy is extended to Lilia’s family, and may she rest in peace.