Letterkenny woman Barbara Grimes poured everything she had into her life and into her family, her funeral has heard.
Mrs Grimes, of the Glebe, passed away at her home on Saturday afternoon.
Today’s funeral mass at the Church of the Irish Martyrs heard how Barbara poured everything she had into her life.
In her public life she, along with her late husband Frank, was the driving force behind the Four Lanterns fast food takeaway chain.
As well as the business, Mrs Grimes volunteered and helped support many charities in the town and across Donegal.
Indeed, Fr Ciaran Harkin said that Mrs Grimes and her fellow fundraisers were behind the building of the Church of the Irish Martyrs.
Fr Harkin told the congregation how her family had been delighted that she had been given the last rites on Saturday before she slipped from this world.
She was a woman of deep faith and to receive the last rites meant so much to her, Fr Harkin added.
Among the gifts brought to the altar was a lipstick belonging to Mrs Grimes as she always like to look her best.
A picture of Barbara and her late husband Frank adorned the top of her coffin, the devoted couple together again.
But among the most precious gifts left behind by Barbara were her beloved children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Outside the church in the warm May air, friends, neighbours and relatives queued patiently to sympathise with the Grimes family, each with their own private words for family members.
A gentle and dignified farewell to a gentle and dignified lady.
May she rest in peace.