Kathleen Emerson

A Lifelong service to the Society

It is with deep regret that I inform you of the sad death of Mrs Kathleen Emerson, Honorary Secretary of County Donegal Historical Society. Kathleen passed away on Monday 26th July 2004 and her funeral Mass took place on Wednesday 28th July in Saint Patrick’s Church, Ballyshannon.

Mrs Kathleen Emerson has given outstanding service to County Donegal Historical Society and has successfully filled the role of Secretary for 44 years. She was an outstanding administrator whose meticulous attention to the needs of members and to the needs of the Society, was appreciated by all who had the pleasure to come in contact with her. Her devotion to County Donegal Historical Society was shared by her husband, Lucius, a founder member, Trustee and Curator of the Society Museum at Rossnowlagh.

Former Presidents, Executive members and members of the Society formed a guard of honour as a mark of respect to one of our most distinguished members, as her remains were brought to Historic Abbey Assaroe in Ballyshannon, to her final resting place.

Fr. Cathal Ó Fearrai, P.P. Kilbarron Parish officiated at the graveside, assisted by Fr. Aodhán Cannon and Fr. Ambrose O’Gormon. We will always remember Kathleen as a lady of outstanding Christian principles, whose devotion to her family, her church and County Donegal Historical Society were exemplary.

Our sympathy goes to her husband Lucius, her brothers Colm and James Toland (Limerick), Patrick (Bray) Daniel (Dublin), nephews, nieces, sisters-in law and extended family.

Anthony Begley