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Byline: Mary Heaney

A HUDDERSFIELD woman who devoted her life to the Catholic Church has died aged 69.

Mrs Mary Heaney was well known in the community for her commitment to the church and helping people in need.

In 1982, she was honoured by the Bishop of Leeds for her efforts in furthering the work of the church.

Born Mary Ann McMullen in Huddersfield on July 29 1938, she lived in the area all her life, most recently making her home in Edgerton.

She went to St Joseph's School and Longley Hall before working as a secretary at the well-known valve-makers Hopkinsons at Birkby.

She married Arthur Heaney at St Patrick's Church in July, 1958.

He also worked for the church and on their 25th wedding anniversary they received a papal blessing.

Mrs He aney was extremely devoted to the church and her family brought her up to follow the Catholic faith.

While her husband was a well-known figure and commit tee member at St Patrick's Church it was Mrs Heaney who was better known for her work with the church.

She regularly visited the sick, elderly and housebound.

She was a eucharistic minister The title Eucharistic Minister is a term that is given to the laity who have been authorized by Church Clergy to administer and distribute the 'True Presence of Jesus Christ', i.e. , authorised by the church to take the communion to those who were unable to make it to church themselves.

She was also a Cub Scout leader A Scout Leader generally refers to the trained adult leader of a Scout unit. The terms used vary from country to country, over time, and with the type of unit. Roles
There are many different roles a leader can fulfill depending on the type of unit.
 at St Patrick's and helped to run the youth club at St Patrick's Centre.

In 1982 she was awarded the Diocesan Silver Medal for "prayerful prayer·ful  
adj.
1. Inclined or given to praying frequently; devout.

2. Typical or indicative of prayer, as a mannerism, gesture, or facial expression.
 help and devoted service in furthering the works of the church" by the bishop, an achievement of which she was very proud.

Mrs Heaney worked at a number of companies parttime when she was raising her children.

She was also a lunchtime supervisor at Mount joy School and was working in insurance with Huddersfield company Hill House Hammond when she retired.

Her daughter, Christina, said her mother enjoyed gardening and spending time with her family, but still had time to care for others.

She added: "She was always smiling. She was really kind and considerate con·sid·er·ate  
adj.
1. Having or marked by regard for the needs or feelings of others. See Synonyms at thoughtful.

2. Characterized by careful thought; deliberate.
 and always thought of other people first."

Mrs Heaney and her husband had 13 children, four of whom have sadly died, and 12 grandchildren.

Mr Heaney passed away three years ago.

A requiem mass requiem mass

Musical setting of the mass for the dead. (Requiem, Latin for “rest,” is the first word of the mass.) The requiem's text differs from the standard mass Ordinary in omitting its joyous sections and keeping only the Kyrie, Sanctus, and Agnus Dei,
 to honour Mrs Heaney was held at St Patrick's church this morning. As she was a keen supporter of the West Yorkshire West Yorkshire, former metropolitan county, N central England. Created in the 1974 local government reorganization, the county largely embraced the Leeds conurbation and comprised five metropolitan districts: Calderdale, Bradford, Leeds, Wakefield, and Kirklees.  Forget Me Not Trust, the family have asked for donations to the charity instead of flowers.

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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Feb 19, 2008
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