The death has occurred of the much-loved Portlaoise boutique owner Mary ‘Pippy’ McEvoy (nee Booth).
Fondly known wide and far as ‘Pippy’, proprietor of the renowned Blossom Time boutique, she died in Beaumont Hospital after a short illness.
A jovial, warm and bubbly character, she had been in business in Portlaoise since she opened Blossom Time in 1980. Originally located on the town’s Main Street, she later moved to a unit in Lyster Square where she remained for the best part of 30 years.
In recent times, she moved to Lyster Lane, where she continued to provide a welcoming environment for her customers and was able to balance a great service with a business nous.
Blossom Time stocked a selection of the top brands and was a go-to destination for women’s occasion wear.
As well as dressing countless women for big occasions, Pippy also employed numerous people over the years and was a generous supporter and sponsor of a variety of community endeavours.
She is sadly missed by her husband Ned, her children Ellen, Lauren and Daniel, her grandson Daniel and sons-in-law Gary and James.
She was one of a family of 12 – the Booth clan of The Heath, all widely respected in business, community, sporting and farming circles.
She is mourned brothers and sisters Denis, Noreen, Marion, Eileen, George, Nutchy, John, Donal, Sheila, Peter and Paula, sisters and brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews, extended family and friends.
She will also be sadly missed by her work colleagues at Blossom Time Boutique, Portlaoise.
Funeral arrangements to follow.
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