Belfast Telegraph

107-year-old Mary Donnelly to be laid to rest

The funeral of one of Northern Ireland’s oldest citizens was due to take place today.

Coalisland woman Mary Donnelly, who was 107, passed away peacefully during the early hours of Sunday morning.

Born in September 1903, she lived through practically all the greatest events of the 20th century, including both World Wars.

Well-known and highly respected throughout the Coalisland area, she grew up at Railway View in the town and worked for many years in the bakery she owned at Barrack Street.

Later in life Mary cared for her late brother Tommy, who was a prominent member of the local Coalisland Fianna GAA club.

Mary, who never married, was also an honorary member of the club.

According to friends, she was a talented cook and housekeeper.

In later years she became a resident at Roughan Residential Home near Coalisland.

She was the daughter of the late Michael and Mary Donnelly, and sister of the late Tommy, Seamus, Bridie, Sadie, Annie and Maggie.

Requiem Mass was due to be held today at the Church of St Mary and St Joseph in Brackaville, followed by interment in the adjoining cemetery.

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