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Sunday 22 October 2017

Tragic young mum Emma 'known for the love and care she gave sons'

Mourners were told Emma O’Keeffe loved nothing better than to be with her three young sons Picture: Frank McGrath
Mourners were told Emma O’Keeffe loved nothing better than to be with her three young sons Picture: Frank McGrath
Emma O'Keeffe

A young mother-of-three killed in a horror car crash has been remembered as a woman who made her family "her universe".

Emma O'Keeffe (26) from Wilkinstown in Navan, Co Meath, died on Friday following the crash with a lorry near her home between Nobber and Kingscourt.

Two of her sons were injured in the crash and her two-year-old remains in a serious condition in hospital.

Heartbroken family members, neighbours and friends gathered at St John the Baptist Church in Kilberry, Co Meath, for her funeral yesterday.

Parish priest Fr John O'Brien prayed for her husband Robin and three sons, Daniel, Adam and Logan.

"Daniel and Logan are still presently in Temple Street hospital, we obviously pray for their recovery," he said.

Collapsed

It emerged over the weekend that Mr O'Keeffe's mother Eileen had collapsed of a suspected heart attack and was taken to hospital.

"We remember Robin's mother Eileen too, who is presently in hospital also. We pray for her recovery," said Fr O'Brien.

Emma was remembered as a devoted wife and mother.

"We are just shocked, stunned and in disbelief. Emma was taken in the prime of her life, so suddenly at the age of 26. It's not supposed to happen," Fr O'Brien said.

"Parents will tell you that mothers and fathers are not supposed to bury their children. We are gobsmacked. We don't have the words to explain it. It was a young life cut short.

"It's not the quantity of years in our lives that matters but the quality of what we do with our time. This is shown in Emma's devotion to her husband Robin and their three boys. They were her universe, the centre of her life. The evidence is there for all to see," he added.

Symbols

"She was always at the school between two and three o'clock waiting for her children to come out.

"She was well known to all the parents and the staff of the school for her love, care and attention to every detail for her boys, who were her world.

"And she loved nothing better than to be with them and doing things for them all the time."

Symbols brought to the altar in Emma's memory included a photograph of her sons, which was taken over Christmas.

It was brought by Adam, who later followed his mother's coffin while holding a photograph of her. His proud and grieving dad guided him with a loving hand.

Also some crochet and wool signified her love of knitting, a cake cutter showed her love for baking, and a bingo card symbolised her love of fun.

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