Mary Butler (née Giles) Kilmurray, Kilmacanogue, Bray

Mary Butler died at home, as desired, with her family at her bedside on December 16th, 2022. There is no way to sufficiently express in a few lines the journey, the presence, the example that was Mary Butler’s life. Exceptional. Humble. Kind.

Having been cared for over the last few years as pains and aches, Alzheimer’s and time took their toll, she wore it all with a smile and with bravery.

As a family, we thank all those who cared, helped and who strived to give Mary the best while she was alive. Too numerous to name but you know who you are, without your support we wouldn’t have got far.

A special mention here for Mary’s husband, Jack, who dedicated the last four years to caring for her 24/7. A shy and humble woman from very modest beginnings, Mary had more than her fair share of brilliance. She brought that to her trade. From finishing school prematurely due to illness with TB, she went on to achieve top honours in her nursing training in Salford very much against the odds. Her dedication to her books was outstanding but even more was her loving care given to her patients, each and every one.

Life has many twists and turns and losing her son, Ronan, to suicide in 1996 dealt her a heavy, heavy blow. So as not to succumb, Mary decided to do something positive and plunged herself into the books once again, achieving an honours degree in History from the Open University, again despite all odds. Since then, on visiting her son, Enda, in Spain, Mary found a love of Spanish and after a few years of study was able to visit the country and fend for herself enjoying the Spanish culture and people. She even completed the last few stages of the arduous Camino de Santiago at age 73, which she loved doing though it took the hips some time to recover. As was said previously, enough cannot be said nor sufficiently well to encompass just who this woman was, but we could say her life was a living demonstration that patience, love and kindness matters; that nature is full of little wonders everywhere you care to look; and that true wealth is to be found in good relationships.

Mary Butler cub leader; nurse, midwife and matron; university graduate; amazing wife, mother, grandmother; wonderful neighbour, authentic friend; purveyor of life and all round advocate of nature’s little marvels.

Funeral: 12pm Monday 19th December, 2022 at Kilmacanogue Church, Kilmacanogue, Wicklow.

May her gentle soul rest in peace

Date of Death: Friday 16th December 2022

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