On Tuesday, 20th March, Lucy Ryan passed away peacefully at her home in Ardmayle.
She stemmed from the renowned Stakelum family in Ballycahill and had reached her 93rd year. She had been blessed with good health throughout her life and it was only the maturity of her years that recently curtailed her active lifestyle.
Lucy was a quiet gentle lady with a great awareness of God in her life. Indeed her life was greatly enriched by her deep faith, a faith that sustained her in the challenges of her life.
She trained as a nurse in Lancashire in the post war years before returning to Dublin to take up nursing. Having reared her family, she returned to that profession and, with her caring instincts, brought consolation, hope and dignity to those in her care.
She used those same skills and attributes on her annual pilgrimage to Lourdes as a volunteer nurse.
Being an energetic person, she worked way beyond normal retirement years, bringing wisdom, compassion and friendship to those fortunate to cross her path. Lucy, with zest for life, loved to travel with family and friends.
She looked forward to her weekly outing in latter years to the Cashel Day Care Centre, enjoying the friendship and activities. She was a familiar face at the annual Christmas party in the local parochial hall over the years.
Lucy’s remains were reposed at her residence on Wednesday evening with removal on the following day to the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Boherlahan, for concelebrated Requiem Mass. Burial took place in Ardmayle Cemetery.
She was predeceased by her husband Eddie and sons Pat and Philip and is regretted by her daughters Mary Theresa, Norah, Lucy and Judy, son Michael, daughters-in-law Valerie and Ann, sons-in-law Michael, Warren, Harry and Dave, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, brother Gerry, sister Bridget, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives, neighbours and friends. May she rest in peace.