Mrs. Ruth O'Donoghue

Published: 28 Jun 2012 09:300 comments

Mrs. Ruth O'Donoghue (nee Sherwood) passed away peacefully following a period of illness in the Erne Hospital, Enniskillen on May 15, 2012, aged 74 years.

Ruth was born in 1938 to James Francis Sherwood and Janie McCook, the youngest of three children. She was predeceased by her brother Billy, sister Pat, husband Rory and son Shane and is survived by her daughter Adele (Walker), son in law Mervyn and grandchildren Kim and Chris.

She attended primary school in Rostrevor and then went on to Methodist College in Belfast as a boarder. Ruth loved boarding and living in Belfast and often recounted many tales from her time there.

After school she went to work in the Blood Transfusion Service. In 1957 she met Rory O'Donoghue at a dance in Newcastle and they married in 1959 making their home together in Newry. They were keen members of the Round Table and Ladies Circle (respectively) and Ruth remained a member of the Tangent until her death.

When Ruth's father died she and the family moved back to Rostrevor, where she took over the running of the shop and after a few years they converted it into a grocery business.

Ruth and Rory had a great interest in dogs especially Shih-tzus which they bred and showed all over Ireland. The highlight of their interest in dogs was having a dog on show at Crufts. They both loved to travel and made trips to many countries, including New Zealand and Australia.

In 1978 the family sold the shop and moved to Warrenpoint. Ruth then got a job as a Library Assistant, a job she really loved. She worked on the Library van travelling around the County and enjoyed meeting the people and the school children on her run.

In 1997 Ruth and Rory moved to Kesh to be beside their daughter Adele and husband Mervyn and especially their grandchildren Kim and Chris whom they both doted on.

During her time in Kesh Ruth became involved in community organisations. She joined the W.I., where she took on the post of treasurer for a year and was a valued member of their quiz team. She played an active part in the Evergreens where she was Chairperson for a year. She also found time to attend 'Friends in the Afternoon' in Ardess church hall.

Ruth will be sadly missed by her family and friends and will be remembered for her humour, kindness, generosity, love of life and being a good friend to many people.

The funeral service took place in Ardess Parish Church. The service was conducted by the Rev. Henry Blair and Ruth's favourite hymns 'As the deer pants for the water', 'O Jesus I have promised' and 'Be thou my vision' were sung. The funeral service was followed by cremation in Roselawn.

The funeral arrangements were carried out by George McFarland, Kesh. Donations in lieu of flowers were given to Ardess Parish Church.

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