Death of Oonagh White-Spunner of Terryglass

Sincere sympathy to the Webb and White-Spunner families on the recent passing of Oonagh White-Spunner of Terryglass after a short illness.

Sincere sympathy to the Webb and White-Spunner families on the recent passing of Oonagh White-Spunner of Terryglass after a short illness.

Concelebrated funeral Mass in the Parish Church, Terryglass was led by her nephew Fr. Richard Sharples, U.K. and Rev. Fr. Michael Cooney, P.P. lessons being read by The Rev. Janet White-Spunner, Rector. Burial took place in the adjoining graveyard.

Born in County Meath in February 1916, one of eight children, Oonagh trained as a nurse in the U.K. and at the outbreak of WW2, she joined the Army Nursing Corps and spent the war years with the troops in the Middle East campaign, after the war she continued nursing in the British African colonies with visits to her brother Dan (who had left Knockshegowna to farm in Rhodesia), returning to the U.K. in the 70s as Matron in the Health service.

On retiring she helped out her brother Eyre (Fr. Aiden as he was known, a Benedictine priest who was also a former R.A.F. chaplain) with his Parish duties in London and later Birmingham. On Fr. Aiden’s death she returned to live in her home in Terryglass.

A formidable woman who was not afraid to speak her mind, she was happy to relate to friends and visitors tales of her time in the Army and her vast travels in Africa.

To her sister Eva Webb, her nieces, nephews inc. Lt. General Sir Barnabas W.B. White-Spunner, KCB.CBE. many relatives and friends, deepest sympathy on the passing of this extraordinary Irish woman.

May she Rest in Peace.