The mother of missing woman Fiona Pender has passed away.
Josephine Pender lost her fight for life today after a short illness.
Last month marked 21 years since her pregnant daughter disappeared from Tullamore County Offaly.
Paying tribute to Mrs Pender this afternoon local priest Monsignor Sean Heaney says Josephine kept faith to the end that the mystery surrounding her daughter's disappearance will one day be solved.
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