2017-04-21 / Obits

Mary Bright

February 28, 2017

Mary Bright, beloved mother, sister, and friend, passed away peacefully at her home in New York City on February 28, 2017.

Mary was born and raised in Dunboyne, Co. Meath, Ireland, the daughter of her late father Frank McDonnell and her late mother Betty, and sister to her late brother John Francis. She is survived by her two sons, David and Robert, her grandchildren Callum, Jordan, and Caitlín, her loving siblings Tommy, Anna, Lillian, Paddy, Liam, and Aidan, and her dear Brendan.

Mary lived life with passion, courage, and tremendous joy, and was known to her friends and family for her warm smile, her patient ear, and her sharp wit. She traveled often, most recently returning from trips to Cambodia, Amsterdam and Guatemala, and returned home to Ireland to visit her loving family for every wedding, christening and special family event.

Mary spent most of her early life caring for others, working with unwed mothers at the Dunboyne Convent, and then as a home care nurse for the terminally ill. Upon arriving in New York, she developed a passion for the hospitality industry when she started work at the Tudor Hotel. She later went into pub management, working at the Palm Gardens, High Tides, P.J. Currans, and most recently at the RBI Bar in Rockaway Beach. Mary was an inspiration to many and a friend to all. She will be missed, but never forgotten.

Mary will be laid to rest in her home town of Dunboyne on Saturday, April 22, 2017, and her family and friends will celebrate her life the following day on April 23, 2017 – the day of Mary’s 60th birthday.

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