The peaceful death of Madge Gilroy took place on December 18 at her home in Barnlee Residential Home (Lee Cottage), Lisnaskea.

Madge was well known in the local community and beyond and over the years was involved in many aspects of community life where she was welcomed, respected and cared for. Prior to her retirement she attended Killadeas Day Care facilities at the Share Centre enjoying various activities in the company of committed staff and member friends. 

During this time she enjoyed many years of ‘supportive employment’ at Lisnaskea Library and Drumhaw House nursing home where she made valuable friends with the generous support of staff. 

Madge had various social interests including the Gateway Club and, prior to her late mother’s death, she enjoyed the company of the local Tuesday Club. 

She was a keen and faithful member of the Faith and Light community where she was supported and encouraged to use her talents, particularly singing and reading during the Fiesta Masses. She was truly blessed to have known so many people who gave generously of their time to enhance others’ lives. 

Following her late mother’s death, Madge moved to Barnlee Residential Home (Lee Cottage) where she resided for over 12 years. It was this final chapter in her life that saw her enjoy and achieve so much.

Her care needs were fully met with a care package that evolved to suit her changing needs and one that was delivered with such dignity and respect, yet allowing Madge the independence she desired.

Alongside other residents, she played a full role in decisions regarding in-house activities, attendance at social functions in the community and beyond and felt valued as she sat with fellow residents and staff during the planning of regular evening or day-trips, holidays and, of course, the annual barbecue.

Excellent management and dedicated staff ensured that Madge enjoyed a quality of life with her resident friends that far exceeded the expectations of her family, a quality that was sustained to the end, providing years of great joy and experiences to recall.

She was predeceased by her parents John and Margaret, her infant sister Nuala and her brother John. She is lovingly remembered by her brothers Francie and Maurice and by her sisters May, Anna, Sheila and Carmel.