Sad passing of Laois centenarian, just days after her 100th birthday celebrations

Ballinakill native Rebecca Hendy (nee Wellwood) has passed away, just days after she celebrated turning 100 years old.

Lynda Kiernan


Lynda Kiernan


Mrs Hendy on her birthday last week

The late Rebecca Hendy (nee Wellwood) smiles for her 100th birthday party on November 7, with Rev Leslie Stevenson.

By Lynda Kiernan

Laois centenarian Rebecca Hendy, née Wellwood from Ballinakill, has passed away peacefully just days after celebrating her 100th birthday.

Mrs Hendy died in the loving care of staff at Oghill Nursing Home in Monasterevin last Sunday November 13, where six days before she had been presented with gifts, flowers and a beautiful cake.

Unwell on her birthday on November 7, she had received Holy Communion from Archdeacon Leslie Stevenson from Portarlington, with prayers and celebrations with family and friends from all over Laois around her bedside.

Mrs Hendy was born in the year of Ireland’s rise to independence, at her family’s farm in Clonking Ballinakill, later attending school in Glenbawn, Abbeyleix.

"She remained living and working on the family farm until she married my uncle James Hendy in the 1960s and moved to Ratheenduff in Stradbally. When he passed away in 1980 she remained there for another twenty years,” explained Frank Hendy from Mountmellick.

Mrs Hendy then moved to the Sue Ryder House in Ballyroan, where she spent many happy years before retiring to Oghill.

“She farmed all her life. She was a very industrious lady, good living. She never drank or smoked, and was dedicated to her church,” said Mr Hendy, who with his wife Martha thanked the nursing home for their constant care.

“We want to say thank you for looking after Becky so well, and they did a lovely party for her. It’s a marvellous age for a person to reach,” Frank Hendy said on the day of the birthday.

Mrs Hendy was the first centenarian at Oghill.

“We were very excited and proud to have her celebrate her birthday with us. She is a much loved resident. Rebecca’s lovely family and friends made this a very special occasion,” said the staff on the day of the birthday.

Mrs Hendy's remains reposed in Moloney's Funeral Home, Mountmellick, on Tuesday from 6.30pm followed by removal at 7.15pm to St Patrick's Church of Ireland, Stradbally. Funeral Service is at 3pm on Wednesday with burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. Family flowers only. Donations if desired to Laois Hospice.