A certain grey-haired woman goes to every funeral service at a local church and talks to grieving family members — usually with fake stories, bringing with her a Tupperware box, for 14 years now, as per a story shared by The Sun.
Theresa Doyle, 65, shows up at wakes uninvited and joins mourners as if she’s one of the bereaved; only to tuck into food ‘like there’s no tomorrow’.
Theresa is known to the local priest, Father Noah Connolly, of the Holy Redeemer Church in Slough, Berkshire, who revealed that she believes it is her ‘duty to attend as many church masses as possible’. The priest also said he couldn’t stop her from attending funerals.
“Every funeral we have she comes and if there is a reception afterwards she makes her way to it without invitation,” the priest said.
He goes on adding: “She is a Catholic woman and she is convinced she needs to go to as many masses as possible. She has been coming and going since I have been here for the past 14 years.”
But just as she thought every mourning family welcomes everyone who extends their condolences, one family who grieves over the loss of a loved one, Catherine Whitehead, who died of a rare Addison’s disease at the age of just 42 years, slammed her after finding out she was not, in any way, related to the dead.
Three weeks after Catherine’s death, friends and family held a funeral service in her honor. Theresa, as anticipated, turned up on a bicycle at the family funeral in Slough and filled a box with food at the wake. Grieving relatives accused her of intruding.
Margaret Whitehead, Catherine’s mother, said: “She got my son Kevin to give her a lift from the church to the Irish Centre for the wake.”
“There were a lot of people at the funeral from Catherine’s work so I just assumed she was a colleague.”
“When I spoke to her though she told me she used to work with Catherine as a waitress. My daughter never worked as a waitress.”
Moreover, Mrs. Whitehead said the elderly was eating from the buffet “like there was no tomorrow.”
She was not in any way impressed by Theresa’s claim that she is just performing what she believes is ‘her religious duty’; saying it is intrusive and unacceptable and adding that masses are held every morning so there’s no need to go to funerals.
“She’s only going when there’s a cheap lunch. She intrudes on people when they are upset and sad,” the grieving mom said.
The Sun reportedly approached her at home and asked why she goes to strangers’ funerals, but she only said: “That’s my business” before adding “I have to go. I’ve somewhere to be.”