'Abandoned' OAP's family reveal fears for sister, 83.
Byline: SAOIRSE MCGARRIGLE
THE family of a pensioner who lay dead in her home for up to two months have opened up about their devastation.
The badly-decomposed remains of 83-year-old Bridget (Breda) Crosbie were discovered at her home in The Faythe area of Wexford town on Friday night.
A single woman, Breda - who came from Foulksmills in New Ross - was a member of the Palmarian Church and led a private life with limited family contact due to her religious beliefs.
One of Breda's sisters revealed she made repeated attempts to contact her after she cut herself off.
But they became increasingly concerned for her welfare in recent months and her brother and sister visited her home last week.
Her sister said she knew something was wrong when she noticed Breda's postbox was broken and their worst fears were realised when they returned to the house with gardai.
A postmortem was carried out at University Hospital Waterford and it's believed she died of natural causes, most likely a fall.
Her sister said: "Breda was a fun-loving person in her younger years.
"In her later years, she became very involved in an alternative religion.
"She had a deep faith and was a prayerful individual. Her lifestyle centred largely on prayer."
Breda will be buried today following a private funeral in Wexford town.
TRAGIC Bridget Crosbie