THE death has occurred in Birmingham, England of Mrs Mary Bate (nee Noonan).
A native of Rodgerstown, Kilmoganny, Mary was a sister of Derry Noonan, Larchfield, Kilkenny and she is also survived by her brother Martin; sister Nancy; daughter Catherine and extended family.
She was a lovely person who never forgot her native place or her relations.
Mary was in her 97th year and was educated at Dunamaggin and Thomastown before she emigrated to England in the 1940s.
She worked in the hospitality sector for many years in various parts of the UK.
Her husband, Alan Bate predeceased her 20 years ago.
She never forgot her home place and is fondly remembered and sadly missed by all her family.
Mary will be laid to rest in Birmingham on March 6.
A Mass will be offered for Mary at St Fiachre’s Church, Loughboy, Kilkenny on Thursday (tomorrow) at 6.30pm and all are invited.