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Mrs. Annie Hassard

Published: 13 Sep 2012 15:151 comment

A much loved mother, stepmother, grandmother, great grandmother and sister, Mrs. Annie Hassard late of 10 Mallard Heights, Bellanaleck (whose husband Eddie preceeded her 30 years ago), passed away peacefully after a short illness at the South West Acute Hospital, Enniskillen on June 21 2012, aged 101 years, having previously led a very active and fulfilling life.

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Formally Sheridan, from Gortaree, Marlbank, she was the oldest daughter of the late Robert and Rebecca Sheridan who had a family of three daughters and one son. She is survived by her younger sister, Rebecca (Raby) Bracken, Toam, Blacklion. She was predeceased by her brother, George and her sister Mary(Gout)

Annie attended Blacklion National School and on leaving helped at home on the family farm before she joined her two sisters to nurse in Middlesborough. After several years she returned home to nurse her ailing mother in Gortaree.

Annie met her husband, Eddie Hassard, Coranerk, Derrygonnelly, and they married in April 1941. They settled very happily on the family farm where she took on the role of stepmother to Eddie's two daughters, Mary (Molly) and Isabel (Daisy) and later, in 1943, they had a son, David. The family regularly attended Inishmacsaint Parish Church where Annie was an active member of the Mothers' Union.

They continued to farm at Coranerk until 1955 when they downsized to a smaller farm at Drumrainey, in Cleenish Parish where they farmed until Eddie's retirement in 1965 after which they moved to 10 Mallard Heights, Bellanaleck. They enjoyed 17 active and happy years together in retirement during which time they were faithful members of Cleenish Parish Church, played bowls, enjoyed gardening, travelled and entertained visitors galore. Their home was always an open house and people were more important to them than anything else.

After Eddie's death in 1982, Annie continued to reside in Bellanaleck and enjoy her many friends and family who called regularly to enjoy her warmth and hospitality. Annie celebrated her 101st birthday on June 5 but the following day was taken into hospital. Having had a wonderful, healthy life she passed away on June 21.

A Service of Thanksgiving for her life was held on Sunday, June 24 in Cleenish Parish Church, Bellanaleck where the Rev. Geoffrey Bridle officiated, Mrs Sadie Coates, a long time friend, played the organ and the reading was by her great grandson, Jack. The remains were laid to rest in Inishmacsaint churchyard, Derrygonnelly, where her late husband, Eddie, was buried. Annie, who will always be remembered by her family and friends as loving and generous, is survived by her son, David, (Evelyn), stepdaughters, Molly (Frank) Canada, Daisy (Ted) Canada and six grandchildren, Victoria, Hawley, Jonathan and Baskin, Kyle and Caroline and 10 great grandchildren. The funeral arrangements were by Austen Stinson, W.T.Morrison, Darling Street, Enniskillen and donations in lieu of flowers were sent to Marie Curie Cancer Care.

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