Anne Peel: A life filled with laughter, song, hard work and love
ANNE Peel's life should be celebrated for the joy and happiness she brought to others.
It was a life filled with laughter, song, hard work and most of all love.
From Washington Street off York Street in north Belfast, Anne spent the majority of her years caring for others - her mother in particular and in later life her brother Jackie and her partner Stanley at her home in Ardoyne.
When our father died it also left her beloved sister, Eileen, on her own with four young children and Aunt Anne stepped into the breach, fulfilling the role of second parent to us. We had a glorious childhood in many ways due to her.
When she first passed her driving test in the 1970s she bought 'Susie', her pride and joy.
That car took ‘the wee Friels' (as she always called us) out every weekend for trips to the seaside, for wonderful picnics and provided literally hundreds of photos that tracked us growing up.
She enriched our lives in every way possible - from the "wee somethings" the 'Dream Man' left us under our pillow when we were young, to practical help with watching our children and our children's children.
She was ever-present in our lives - no event would be complete without her.
For the new generation to which she was a great aunt, she always remained ‘Aunt Anne' and that deep love and bond was there for them too.
Anne Peel died aged 92 a year ago on June 10 and her loss is still felt as strongly by those of us who loved her most.
Her road to death was a long, painful and undignified one but her life was definitely something to be celebrated.
We will forever be grateful that we had such a caring, loving and funny special aunt in our lives.
We love you Aunt Anne and we always will.
'The wee Friels'