That was how the heartbroken family of Cissie Yelverton remembered their mother after an emotional and difficult inquest at Cork Coroner’s Court yesterday.
But they also said the energetic 79-year-old widow, originally from Co Clare, had told them that if she was ever knocked down, it would be her own fault.
They recalled how the lady known to all as “granny” would simply walk out into traffic, expecting cars to stop for her. Cissie was six months pregnant with her sixth child when her husband, Paddy, died 47 years ago.
She earned money by working in the kitchen of the former Marlboro Bar in Cork city centre, and raised her children, Eileen, Mary, Anthony, Paddy, Tom and Laurence, with the help of her niece, Mary “Mai” O’Callaghan. A daily Mass goer, she would sometimes attend two masses in a day. “She was known as the Mother Theresa of Gurranabraher,” said Ms O’Callaghan.
“She was loved and adored by everyone. She is in heaven since the day she was hit by that truck.”
Her daughter-in-law Mary said she had a heart of gold. She revealed how Cissie would cross her street every night to spend time with a 102-year-old neighbour.
Cissie’s son-in-law Freddie questioned how the driver of the truck never saw the elderly low-sized widow before she walked in front of his vehicle. “But we are not looking for anyone’s head. We... want to put this to bed,” he said.