Tributes to mum who was ‘full of fun with a big heart’

Tributes to mum who was ‘full of fun with a big heart’

24 June 2020

THE daughter of a Downpatrick woman who suddenly died at home after 12 weeks of shielding has described her mother as a person who was “full of fun, with a big heart”.

Anne Marner, who lived in Edward Street, was buried last Thursday after Requiem Mass in St Patrick’s Church.

The 61 year-old was described by her only child, Lindsay McStravick, as a “people’s person”.

She stressed that while her mother had been sheltering due to her Type 1 diabetes, the cause her cause of death on June 13 has not yet been determined.

Ms Marner had been off work as a senior care assistant at Strangford Court Care Home in Downpatrick but her family said that she was looking forward to returning to her job.

Mrs McStravick said: “We are completely devastated by her great loss. My mother would have been 62 on June 26.

“She loved her job and missed the residents and colleagues and couldn’t wait to return to work.

“Anne was a people’s person, full of fun, with a big heart, warm, kind and caring. She loved everyone and everyone loved her. She enjoyed going to weddings, christenings, birthday parties and weekends away.”

Mrs McStravick said her mother, who had three grandchildren and one great-grandchild, loved all types of music and loved to shop, especially for handbags and shoes. 

“Mum was always ready for the road and relied on her partner, Oisin, myself and her sisters to drive her,” she continued.

“She adored her grandchildren and her house was the hub where we all met. My friends described her as “some woman for one woman” and she will alway will be remembered as a great person and forever cherished in our hearts and never forgotten.” 

“We were very grateful for the amount of messages of condolences, Mass cards, people calling to her home, flowers, and everyone at her funeral who showed us they loved her.”

Ms Marner is survived by her daughter, her partner Oisin, son-in-law Jim, grandchildren Nicole, Jay and Cheslyn, great granddaughter Nevaeh, her three sisters, Deirdre, Patricia and Libby and a wide family circle.