A much loved sister and treasured aunt, Mrs. Doreen Jean Grundle has passed away at Millcroft Private Nursing Home on March 21, 2016.

Doreen was born on September 15, 1928 at Drumcaw, Killadeas, the youngest child in a family of five of the late Edward and Catherine Jane Gormley. Upon her brother Cecil’s marriage she moved with her family to a home at the Valley Road, Killadeas, built on the family farm.

Doreen was educated at Killadeas Primary School, Enniskillen Collegiate Grammar School and Stranmillis College, at which stage she stayed with her sister Irene and family. She commenced teaching in Ballinamallard Primary School and later Lisnarick where she met Thomas Edward Grundle.

They were married on March 20, 1965 and, as Tommy obtained a job as Principal of Clough Primary School, they lived in his family home in Belfast whilst they built a bungalow at Seaforde. Doreen then taught in various schools including Sandy Row, Bloomfield and Dundrum before taking early retirement.

During her married life she enjoyed travelling to various countries and spent a couple of weeks most years in France, visiting her husband’s relations, until his health declined. Doreen was interested in gardening, reading and had a great love of animals.

She was a very generous, caring person who came home throughout the year to stay with her single brother William at Killadeas and sister Gwen at Knockmanoul and, being a devoted aunt, took a keen interest in the lives of all her nieces and nephews.

Doreen moved back to Fermanagh and resided at 5B Coole Drive, Enniskillen. A perfect example of a loving and loyal wife when Tommy underwent major surgery at Belfast City Hospital and had to remain there for eight months, until his passing in 1992, she stayed with a family friend for most of the time in order to visit him.

Doreen suffered two heart attacks in March 1998 and later on had an operation at which time she was seriously ill. She therefore felt the need to enter Millcroft Private Nursing Home and had a reasonable quality of life up until recent years when she had to endure failing health. She enjoyed visits from family members and friends.

In her youth she attended Killadeas Methodist Sunday School and Church, later on Irvinestown and St. Jude’s Parish, Belfast. The funeral service took place in Enniskillen Cathedral conducted by Dean Kenneth Hall. The hymns were “What a friend we have in Jesus,” “The Lord is my Shepherd” and “Abide with Me”. Burial followed in Sydare Cemetery.

Doreen was predeceased by her husband Tommy, brothers William and Cecil and sister Irene (Proctor). She is survived by her sister Gwen (Pollock), sister in law Eileen (Gormley), nieces and nephews by whom she will always be fondly remembered and sadly missed.

The funeral arrangements were by Funeral Directors, S. R. Elliott and Sons, Darling Street, Enniskillen. Donations were in lieu of St. Macartin’s Cathedral Fabric Fund.