Peggy O'Neill: Nurse tutor and animal lover was fondly remembered by students
PEGGY O'Neill is remembered with great affection by hundreds of nurses across Northern Ireland.
As a nursing tutor based at Moyle Hospital in Larne, her gentle, softly-spoken manner was always able to put nervous students at ease.
She was loved and respected by all those who trained under her and kept in touch with many long after they had qualified for the busy workplace.
Born Margaret Theresa O'Neill in 1922 - one of six children of whom three sadly passed away in early childhood - Peggy grew up in Larne and went to Farnborough Hospital in Kent to train as a nurse.
She remained there as a staff nurse until returning home in 1958 when her father was poorly.
After his death, she was appointed to a post in Moyle Hospital where she became a ward sister in 1965.
She had a great love for the job and decided to train as a nursing tutor, which she enjoyed up until her retirement in 1982.
Away from work Peggy loved music and played the piano. She also liked to bake and sew and adored animals, supporting many animal charities and always keeping a dog and a cat.
She had a wonderful knowledge of local history and loved the Antrim coast road.
Peggy also enjoyed reading in Latin, was involved in Apostolic work with the Church and had a great knowledge of astronomy.
In 2013 she moved from her home where she lived alone in The Roddens into Larne Care Centre, where she was wonderfully looked after until her death on November 10.
Dearly loved daughter of the late David and Teresa, and loving sister of the late David and MAurice, she will be sadly missed by all that knew her.