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Northern Ireland gran dies on holiday in Spain

Fr Colum Wright officiated at her Requiem Mass in St Peter's Church in Lurgan yesterday and in a warm and humorous homily, he remembered Mrs McKeever as someone who
Fr Colum Wright officiated at her Requiem Mass in St Peter's Church in Lurgan yesterday and in a warm and humorous homily, he remembered Mrs McKeever as someone who "loved life and lived it to the full" (stock picture)
Lauren Harte

By Lauren Harte

Tributes have been paid to a Co Armagh grandmother-of-16 who died suddenly while on holiday abroad.

Formerly of Forest Glade, Lurgan, and Hacknahay in Portadown, Angela McKeever (nee McKavanagh) passed away on April 6 after becoming ill in Spain.

The death of the mother-of-six, who was in her 80s, has brought widespread sorrow to her family and friends.

Fr Colum Wright officiated at her Requiem Mass in St Peter's Church in Lurgan yesterday and in a warm and humorous homily, he remembered Mrs McKeever as someone who "loved life and lived it to the full".

He recalled how Mrs McKeever first met her husband Frank in the Savoy Hotel in Portadown, where their wedding reception was later held. They settled at Hacknahay House on Drumnacanvy Road in Portadown, where they raised their six children.

After Mr McKeever's death following illness, his wife continued to farm over 40 acres of orchard.

Fr Wright told mourners: "Angela's life was not always sweet and she faced many hardships along the way.

"She was someone who made the most of every single second that God gave her. She was a woman of tremendous faith who attended Mass every day.

"She had the heart and get-up-and-go of a young person.

"She had travelled all across Europe and the Far East and came back with stories.

"It was a case of 'have passport, will travel'.

"Right up until her last breath, wherever she was, she would just go with the flow," Fr Wright added.

Mrs McKeever is survived by her children Geraldine (Davies), Desmond, Nuala (McKee), Angela (Monaghan), Francis and Pauline (McCartan); grandchildren Ellen, Anna, Michael, Harry, Emily, Sarah, Eimear, Catherine, Nuala, Dan, Ben, Timothy, Alice, Frank, Marie-Therese and Roseanne; great-grandchildren, Caleb, Isaac and Ned, siblings and wider family circle.

She was laid to rest in St John the Baptist Cemetery, Drumcree.

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