The death has taken place of Anne McBrien who was said to have lived a “happy healthy and quiet life” by family members.

Anne was 101 when she died on May 27 and is survived by loving nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. Her funeral took place last week in Teemore, where she had lived much of her life.

Born to Peter & Elizabeth McBrien on March 4 1918. Anne worked for many years in Belfast as a housekeeper to a local priest before returning to live in Teemore in a cottage in Garvary.

“She lived a quiet, happy & healthy life and she had great neighbours who always called in with her,” a family member explained.

Family members were also regular visitors to the house where it was said Anne lived “quietly but very contently”.

Anne moved in to Gortacharn Nusing Home when she was 97. An avid reader throughout her life a library van that visited the area had Anne as a frequent visitor to pick up several books to read until the van returned.

A woman whose faith meant an awful lot to her Anne attended mass regularly until her move to the nursing home, where she continued her happy existence.

“She was really content in there and she always said the staff were very good to her,” a family member revealed.

While in the nursing home Anne celebrated a milestone in the shape of her 100th birthday.

“She wanted no fuss at all,” a family member said.

But a card from Queen Elizabeth II of England and the President of the Irish Republic made her “very happy”.

“I think by the time the party and the cake were all over she was actually quite chuffed that there had been something done to mark her birthday, even though she didn’t want a party in the first place,” a relative said.