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Gran you help? Woman seeking to solve mysterious disappearance of her Irish grandmother in 1960

Pip O’Neill (28) shared the fascinating story of her maternal grandmother Patricia Mary Jones – known as Patsy – who woke up one morning and abandoned her husband of 15 years and their seven children, never to be heard from again.

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Patricia Mary 'Patsy' Jones

Patricia Mary 'Patsy' Jones

Patricia Mary 'Patsy' Jones

A woman has taken to Twitter to appeal for information about her Irish grandmother, who disappeared one morning from her Sussex home in 1960 and left her family behind.

In a Twitter thread, Pip O’Neill (28) shared the fascinating story of her maternal grandmother Patricia Mary Jones – known as Patsy – who woke up one morning and abandoned her husband of 15 years and their seven children, never to be heard from again.

Patsy was born in Cork in 1924 and married her husband Denis O’Neill on Christmas Eve 1945, when she was 21 years old.

The couple had their first child six months later and soon had two more, one of whom died of meningitis.

In 1955, the couple made the move to Chelsea, London but later relocated to Crawley, Sussex when Gatwick Airport was opened so that Denis could get work.

The couple had five more children, including Pip’s mother Elaine, but Pip said that she believed her grandmother was happy back in London.

She told The Times that one day in 1960, Patsy “woke up ... and just left,” leaving Denis and their seven children behind.

Pip added that Patsy never tried to contact her family again but “nobody knows why.

She wrote in her Twitter thread: “When she left she didn’t get in touch with her siblings or her parents back in Cork, and this broke their hearts.

“After exhausting all their options her parents (my great grandparents) pooled what little money they had into hiring a private investigator to try and find her.

“They had no luck... My grandad and all the kids stayed in touch with her side of the family and none of them ever found out what happened to their mum.”

Pip shared that the family think that Patsy remained in London and possibly remarried after suffering from post-partum depression.

In 1964, Patsy’s brother thought he saw his sister in Brixton Market with two small, mixed race children. Another cousin believes they saw her in London a few months later with the same children.

Patricia would now be 96 and Pip added that she is aware her grandmother is likely dead, but she still wants to know what happened to her.

Through her tweets, she hopes that she might find the answers she is looking for and has asked anyone with information on Patsy Jones to get in contact with her.

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