Sad passing of Amy Ferris - Derry’s oldest lady

Amy pictured on her 105th birthday.
Amy pictured on her 105th birthday.

A lady believed to be Derry’s oldest resident has passed away.

105 years-old Amy Ferris who has been described as a “true lady” passed away at Brooklands Nursing Home on the Northland Road on Tuesday.

Her funeral will take place on Friday at 10.00am in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Steelstown. She will be laid to rest afterwards in the City Cemetery.

The warm hearted pensioner loved celebrating her birthday particularly after she passed the 100 year milestone.

She often spoke about how kind the staff at Brooklands were to her.

“They look after me well and it’s a nice place so I’m happy,” she once said.

Originally hailing from Osborne Street in Rosemount, Amy has always held the area close to her heart.

Having lived through World Wars I and II, the invention of television, the motor car, space travel and Derry’s troubles, Mrs. Ferris attributed her longevity and happiness to: “a nice walk”.

“I never ran or did keep fit, nothing like that; I just took a nice walk and always walked in a nice way if you know what I mean,” she once said with a cheeky twinkle.

“If there was a secret to a long life I would tell you but I can’t think of anything except being happy and enjoying a good walk.”

Amy was the mother of Delma, Astrid, Ann and the late Ivor.

She was instrumental is setting up Derry’s first Credit Union.

“A lot of that was down to Dennis Curran.

“He was great to work with, a lovely good man,” said the modest Mrs. Ferris.