Rose Killelea Mahony

Rose Killelea Mahony
Died at her residence in San Patricio on Thursday morning, July 29, 1886, at 9 a.m., Mrs. Rose Mahony, at the age of seventy-four years.

Mrs. Mahony was a native of Ireland but came when quite a girl, to this country with her father, Mark Kelelle*, who settled in San Patricio in the year 1829 as a colonist in the colony of McMullen and McGloin.

She was the oldest resident of this town and was beloved and respected by all for her amiable disposition and charitable qualities towards the sick, by whose bedside she was ever found administering to their wants and alleviating pain. With a mother's tenderness and care. There is not a family in town that does not feel indebted to her for her many attentions in time of sickness.

She had the largest funeral of any in town and was buried Friday evening, July 30, in the old graveyard with all the ceremonies of the Catholic Church, of which she was a member.

She leaves five sons and an estimable daughter to mourn her loss, who have the sympathy of the entire neighborhood.

That grief should more
Their hearts with anguish fill their eyes with tears,
And make the future seem forlorn of hope,
Is but a part of Nature's law for them
Doubt not that on through all the coming years,
Her spirit still will help their own to cope
With care, till their's also, like her's is free.

*Transcribed as written. Correct spelling is: Killelea

Corpus Christi Caller
Aug 8, 1886
P.4 col. 5

Research: Msgr. Michael A. Howell
Mar. 9, 2004