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PremierLeague-News.Com - Mrs O'Brien was a popular member of the community where she had lived in the same house for eight decades.
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Tributes have been paid to a much-loved lady who is believed to have been North Lanarkshire’s oldest resident. Maureen O’Brien passed away last Wednesday, March 31, at the remarkable age of 105. She was a well-known and respected member of the community in Bargeddie as a founder member of its Young At Heart club and parishioner at St Kevin’s Church, and had become the area’s first centenarian back in 2015. The eldest of eight siblings, Maureen died less than three weeks after sister Josephine, who passed away aged 98. She will be laid to rest at Old Monkland cemetery in Coatbridge alongside her “true love”, husband William, who died in 1996. Lanarkshire Live Facebook Head over to our new Lanarkshire Live Facebook page to make sure you're up to date with the top stories in the region Her granddaughter, Maureen Slowey, told Lanarkshire Live: “She was really well known locally and everyone is gutted; we’ve had lots of flowers and cards, and there have been about 200 comments on the community Facebook page. “It’s definitely a comfort to know how well thought-of she was, and there were lots of people saying she was a lovely wee lady and that there aren’t many of that generation left. “We believed from the census that she was the oldest person in North Lanarkshire – she went to mass at St Kevin’s every week until lockdown and was a big part of the community. “She was still in her own house until going into respite care just a couple of weeks ago and right up until last year, she was still using her knitting skills to make hats for premature babies.” Read More Related Articles Much-loved Lanarkshire theatre group searching for new home Maureen had begun suffering from poor health in November and had been cared for at home by daughter Eileen Slowey and granddaughter Maureen.
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. Her first job was at Beattie’s bakery in Dennistoun and she also worked to aid the World War II effort; she later worked as a parish housekeeper at church houses in Baillieston, Moodiesburn and Hamilton as well as Bargeddie. She married beloved husband William in April 1940 and the couple moved together to Bargeddie, with Maureen then remaining resident in that same house for more than eight decades.
Beautiful bride Maureen O'Brien on her wedding day to husband William in 1940
(Image: Contributed/Airdrie and Coatbridge Advertiser)
Maureen became Bargeddie’s first centenarian when she turned 100 in October 2015, celebrating with a mass at St Kevin’s followed by a party for 130 guests. Her landmark birthdays in recent years were marked in style by her friends from the Young At Heart social group and the wider community. Maureen’s funeral will take place on Friday at St Kevin’s, attended by the current maximum of 20 mourners and with neighbours and friends planning to line the nearby streets observing social distancing.
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Parishioners were among those posting their condolences and memories online, calling her a “one in a million lady”, “truly beautiful” and a “sweet soul”. Granddaughter Maureen added: “We have lots of really special memories; my mum and I took her to Lourdes when she was 95 and we had a great week there. She had been desperate to get a new passport as it was free because of her age! “She came from a big family so her door was always open to anybody, and we’ll just remember her as always happy, smiling and glad to see you.”
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