MONAGHAN, Gabrielle "Gaby" Mary Pascal - Our beloved mother, Gabrielle Monaghan, passed peacefully away, surrounded by love, on Sunday July 8, 2018.
Gabrielle Martin was born in Kilnaleck, County Cavan, Ireland on April 24, 1933.
After qualifying as a nurse, she emigrated to Canada in 1957 with a group of friends, including her future husband, Tony Monaghan, arriving with $150 dollars and a keen sense of adventure.
She worked as a nurse in Hamilton and then Sudbury where she and Tony married in 1958 and began raising a family.
She loved learning and found time to obtain a Bachelor of Arts from Laurentian University while working and raising four children.
When her marriage ended in 1973, Mom and her four children moved to St John's, Newfoundland.
Although she enjoyed the companionship of a few gentlemen over the years, for Mom, children and grandchildren came first always.
She was the most brilliant mother, mother-in-law, and grandmother, reading to and playing with her grandchildren for hours.
She lived in Toronto when Siobhan's children were young and moved to Kingston in time to enjoy Barry's children.
She was proud of her grandchildren's every accomplishment, big or small. They were all her favourite.
Mom's death has left a gaping hole in the lives of her children: Siobhan (Colin Arnold), Damhnait (Nigel Morris), Barry (Brenda Gluska) and Sean; and her seven grandchildren: Kyle, Michael and Kate Arnold; Ben and Rebecca Morris; and Emily and Sarah Monaghan. She will remain in their hearts forever.
She is also survived by her brother, Barry (& Lois) Martin of St John's, NL; her sister, Dolores (& Tom) Skelly of Roanoke, Virginia and many nieces and nephews around the world. She was predeceased by her sisters, Eithne Martin, Ita Corrigan, Dymphna Power and Carmel McCarthy.
We extend our heartfelt thanks to the medical, nursing, and support staff on Connell 9 at Kingston General Hospital and at Providence Care.
Family flowers only.
If desired, donations in Mom's honour can be made to Diabetes Canada, University Hospital Kingston Foundation, Canadian Mental Health Association or The Food Sharing Project, Kingston.
Visitation at James Reid Funeral Home, Kingston on Thursday July 12th from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Funeral to be held on Friday July 13th at 10:30 a.m. at St Joseph's Catholic Church, 392 Palace Road, Kingston. A reception will follow in the church hall.