Mrs Isabella Brown, called home on 22nd January, aged 91. Our sister was saved at the age of 14 and received into fellowship in Lossiemouth. She moved to Glasgow where she met and married Sandy Brown, and they were in fellowship in Victoria Hall, Ayr, then Woodpark. Sandy was called home in 1965, and Isabella was left to bring up the family. She moved back to Lossiemouth in 1975 where she was in happy fellowship, attending all the gatherings while she was able. Her quiet consistent testimony is an example to all who knew her and she will be missed. Prayer is requested for Duncan and Angela and their families.
Mr Edward J W Cain was born on 24th December, 1909 and passed into the Lords presence on 1st January, 2006, aged 96. He was saved as a boy of 12 and began to play the organ then. He was an organist most of his life and continued to serve the Lord in that capacity when he and Mrs Cain came into fellowship at Moorpark Hall, Muirhead in 1959/60. They remained in happy fellowship until they removed to the Care Home at Auchlochan in 1998. They were both received into Hope Hall, Lesmahagow where he continued until ill health prevented him attending the meetings. He was a regular attender at the epilogues held at Lower Johnshill where he was to be found once again at the organ. Please remember Mrs Cain and the family in prayer as well as the grandchildren.
Mrs Olive Irwin (formerly Deering), on 6th January, aged 79. Saved as a child of nine and a half on the day of the Lisbellaw assembly Sunday School outing, she was baptised later and received into fellowship. Following her marriage to Douglas Deering she was in fellowship in Clones assembly for twenty-seven years until his murder in 1977. She then moved to Lisburn to be near her children and was in the assembly in Wallace Avenue for several years. After her marriage to Eric she was in fellowship in Bethany Hall, Finaghy until illness prevented her from attending. She loved the Lord and the gospel and was gifted in personal work, always ready to tell others about her Saviour. She saw her three children saved in early years. Her funeral was private by her own request.
Mr David Moore, suddenly, on 30th January, aged 86. Saved when he was a boy he was all his life in the Ballymena assembly, now meeting in Cambridge Avenue. A godly, sincere, kind man, who, while not a public speaker, had a real interest in the spiritual need of those around. A tract distributor and good at personal work, giving words of gospel to unsaved, he ever sought to encourage the believers. The very large funeral was an indication of the esteem in which he was held. Messrs J G Hutchinson and M McKillen conducted the services, assisted by T Wallace, David McMullan and Jim McMullan. Prayer valued for his widow and family some not yet in Christ.
Miss Maud Parker, on 31st January, aged 88. She was saved when she was a school girl and was in assembly fellowship ever since, and in the Dundonald assembly since 1953 where she was highly respected. She took an interest in all the assembly activities, teaching in the Sunday school, and was most consistent in her attendance at all the meetings. A quiet sister who adorned the doctrine in dress and deportment. Her funeral from Dundonald Gospel Hall was conducted by J G Hutchinson and R L Jordan, with G Hall and D McFeeters sharing in prayer.
Mr James (Jim) Porter passed into the presence of the Lord on 16th January, aged 83. He was saved as a young man of 25 during gospel meetings held on the family farm at Poleglass by W McVey and R Lacey. Soon after, he was baptised and received into fellowship in the Derriaghy assembly, where he remained faithful until the Lord called him to glory. A quiet brother who was a respected overseer. The fruitful gospel work, commenced in "the barn" on their farm by his parents in the 1920s, was carried on by Jim until the farm was taken over by the authorities in 1979 for public housing. During the last months of his life he was graciously cared for by his dear wife and family, for whom prayer is requested. His funeral services were conducted by Mr David Gilliland, Mr Herbert Graham and Mr Tom Armstrong.
Mr Hugh Robertson was called home on 24th November, just two months prior to his 80th birthday. Originally from Lanarkshire, Hugh trusted the Lord at the age of 60 when living near Tongue on the north coast of Scotland. His baptism in the sea very soon after made headline news in a national Scottish newspaper and was attended by the Countess of Sutherland. Having previously been in fellowship at Wick and Peterhead, Hugh, along with his wife Christel, finally settled near Lossiemouth. While gathering at the local assembly at James Street, our brothers welcoming and encouraging manner endeared him to all. He will be missed by his wife, family, and the Lords people in the local assembly at Lossiemouth.