Tragic mum laid to rest

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JOLENE McCloskey, the mum of three, who died in a Magherafelt house fire was buried in her native Clady at the weekend.

The 32-year-old was found dead in her Greenvale Park home and, while the cause is still under investigation, a crime is not suspected.

Several hundred mourners attended the funeral on Saturday from her parents home at Beechland Park for Requiem Mass in nearby St Oliver Plunkett’s Church.

Jolene, who is believed to have worked in a local nursing home, leaves behind three children Caitlin, Paul and Patrick aged between five and eight years, and husband Thomas.

SDLP Councillor Jim Campbell said the loss of such a young woman in tragic circumstances had upset and stunned the local community.

Parish priest, Fr Oliver Crilly, revealed that Jolene had celebrated her 32nd birthday just over a week ago.

“We have to look back through our grief to the person we have known and loved,” he told mourners.

He said she was a person who filled her life. “She was always open to experience and open to life,” he continued. “She had her family and friendships. She also had a rich life in sport.

“Jolene was a great camogie player. She played for Greenlough and was on the St Mary’s College team that won the Ulster Colleges, she also played camogie for Derry.

“She led a full life in their family and in her community. Her family were the central focus of her life. The focus on her family also included the focus on her faith.

Following Requiem Mass, Jolene was laid to rest in Saint Mary’s Cemetery, Greenlough.

She is survived by her parents, Robert and Teresa, brothers Michael, Thomas and Robert and sisters Elisha and Patricia.