Co Tyrone woman killed in freak accident was a 'blessing to all who knew her', mourners hear
MOURNERS at the funeral of a Co Tyrone woman killed in a freak accident heard how she was a "blessing to all who knew her".
Hundreds of people gathered at St Mary's Church in Dunmoyle to pay their final respects to Anne McCann (52), a mother of three who died on Monday at her home near Ballygawley.
It is understood the car she had been travelling in rolled towards her as she closed a gate at the driveway of her home at Altnamuskin Road.
Parish priest Fr Michael O'Dwyer yesterday told mourners of how the tragedy had come as the family had been enjoying the excitement ahead of the wedding of their only daughter Tanya next month.
"Anne McCann should be organising a gathering this weekend in preparation for Tanya and Scott’s wedding," he said.
"A scenario, that we have said so often since Monday, you couldn’t make up, did happen, and we find ourselves here, still numb with disbelief at Anne’s funeral mass."
The priest described how Mrs McCann, who was originally from Drumquin, had moved to Altamuskin following her marriage to husband Colm, a club stalwart of Errigal Ciaran GAC.
Fr O'Dwyer said she had quickly become an important part of the local community.
"As I said earlier this week, if you live in Altamuskin you are part and parcel of the community," he said.
"Anne threw herself into the life of this community - of parish, of school, of the football club, of the community centre.
"She was very bubbly and full of life and enjoyed life. She was a blessing to all who knew her."
But the priest added that it was her family, including her first grandson Cillian born in recent months, that Mrs McCann had dedicated her life to.
"Anne living for her children, making sure they had the best, encouraging them in their journey through life and basking in their achievements in life, in work, and on and off the field of play - Darren, Tanya and Ciaran know too that they were blessed in their mother," he said.
"Baby Cillian will have to rely on stories and photos of the grandmother he met briefly but is loved for eternity.
"So today we give thanks to God for Anne’s commitment to family and community, for her lived faith and lived vows to Colm and her children, for her commitment and dedication to the children and students in her care at various second and third level colleges."