My lovely Kerrywoman...

My dear Mom, Mary, the "Kerrywoman" passed away on Monday morning. We spent a lot of time together over the past few years as she entered this final journey with dementia as her backpack. She was a delight to be with and was loved as she loved. I've done most of my grieving in small doses over the past four years -- when you see your loved one slip away, a part of your heart goes with them each time... 

Thank you all for your love and support over the years! 

Mary J. Keane born March 19, 1933 in Meeliguleen, County Kerry, Ireland, died peacefully on Monday, June 3, 2019 in Orland Park. Loving wife of the late Jimmy “Horse” Keane; dearest Mom of James (Susie), Anne (Steve) Rumchaks, Dennis (Mary), Michael (Karen), and Matthew (Elda). Beloved daughter of the late Paddy and Hannah Lyne. Proud grandma of David, Michael, Grace, Ryan, Lily, and Cara. Fond aunt of many nieces and nephews and countless cousins here and abroad, and a grand sister-in-law to eleven. Although the “Kerrywoman” was small in stature, she was immense in the love she shared with her family and friends and was a social network before they existed. Mom was also very handy with a broom handle which kept all of us in line. Although her last few years were marred by dementia, she kept her boundless spirit, sparkling eyes, and glorious smile for all who encountered her. We love you Mom. Rest in Peace. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam. Services private.

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