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Passing of former Ogle Street woman Maisie Grimes (98).

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Passing of former Ogle Street woman Maisie Grimes (98). thumbnail Maisie Grimes

THE recent passing of much loved city nonagenarian Maisie Grimes (98) evoked widespread sorrow and regret in the community, writes Joe McManus.

She was a lady of deep faith who lived a life aware of her need for God each day and this was reflected in the way she lived her life, where a welcome, hospitality and respect for all was central.

Born in 1919 into modest surroundings on a farm in Clady, County Armagh,Maisie was one of a family of 13 children. She came to live in the city at an early age and attended Mount Saint Catherine's Primary School.

As a young teenager she worked part-time in local shops, before obtaining full-time employment in the Armagh Steam Laundry at Drumcairn.

In 1939 she married Tommy Grimes from Railway Street and the couple were blessed with five children and lived most of their married life in Ogle Street.

To her grandchildren and great grandchildren, Maisie was known as Nanny G, Nanny Maisie and Nanny in Ogle Street.

She spent lots of time in her garden, and passed this love of nature on to many of her family. Indeed her garden was one of her greatest joys,she appreciated the beauty and colour of flowers and had a creative mind for floral arranging.

Maisie also loved an occasional 'flutter' on the horses, as well as playing bingo in the local halls.

She had taste for style and looked forward to her visits to the hairdressers. Her effervescent personality, neat and tidy appearance singled her out.

Maisie always welcomed visitors to her home which was an open door. The kettle was always on the boil and there was also a little bun or scone on offer as well.

Her memories of life were both cherished and comforting and her devotion to her family never diminished.

An exceptional lady whose kind and genial manner won the trust, admiration and reliance of so many people.

Maisie will forever remembered for her charm, elegance and striking presence.In keeping with her caring, helpful and totally selfless nature she invariably put others first, a friendly, supportive and highly obliging neighbour.

The high esteem in which she was held by all in the community was obvious by the large numbers that visited the family home over the period of the wake and who also attend her Requiem Mass in St Malachy's Church, celebrated by Rev Fr Peter Kerr.

Interment followed in St Patrick's Cemetery.

Maisie was an amazing person,gracious, courteous and good-natured, much admired for her kindness, generosity and goodness of heart.She will be greatly missed by her loving family, friends and neighbours and all who new and loved her.

To all members of her sorrowing family and extended family heartfelt condolences is extended.

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