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Mrs Catherine Mary Abrey, aged 85, was called home suddenly on 3rd October. Aged 11, Mary realised her need of a Saviour, committed her life to Christ, and was later baptised at the age of 14 in November, 1937, at Baldock Gospel Hall. Since the homecall of her husband Charles she worshipped at Mill Green Gospel Hall and was very happy with God’s people there. She took a keen interest in missionary work, knitted hundreds of garments for African babies, was a keen letter writer, and enjoyed her garden. Most important of all Mary was a prayer warrior; the lists of people she prayed for seemed to have no end. She was also an evangelist, always watching for opportunities to get her neighbours to various meetings, even up until just before her homecall when she took a neighbour along to the ladies’ meeting at Mill Green. She attended assembly gatherings whenever she could and it was at such a gathering in West Mersea that the Lord took her. She will be sadly missed by her three children, six grandchildren, and one great grandchild, and of course her many friends, but now she will dwell in the house of her Lord forever. Thanks be to God for a faithful servant.

Mrs Winnie Brannan, aged 78. On 11th July, after a recent illness, Winnie was called home to be with her Lord. Saved in early life, she was in association with the assembly at Low Waters for many years, coming in for worship and fellowship, going out for witness. Her faithfulness to the gatherings of the Lord’s people was a feature of her life, oftentimes, especially latterly, being there when physically she was far from well. Her enduring spirit was seen in this regard right to the end of her life, as her only desire was to be with the saints when they gathered. Along with her husband Dennis, she opened her home to the Lord’s servants, and the Lord’s people, providing liberal hospitality to all that came. Such a life of devotion will be greatly missed. Her presence at all the assembly gatherings will be missed too as her bright disposition and conversation were notable features. The funeral was marked by a large number, with many unsaved present, and this in itself was a great encouragement to the family. Remember too, in prayer, her husband Dennis in his weakness at this time and also the wider family circle. "The Lord knoweth the way that I take."

Mr John Marshal, at hospital on 22nd August after a short illness, in his 89th year. Originally from Co Armagh he had earlier links with Drumnacanver. He was the uncle of Marshal Howe from the Limavady meeting and Mrs Bertie Smith from the Straid meeting, in fellowship in the assembly in Cookstown, and was faithful at all the meetings until sickness prevented this valuable experience. He was a brother loved by all the saints who know God in salvation and restoration. Continual prayer is requested for his widow Loui who has attended many gospel meetings, his two daughters Rhonda, Sharon, and his only son Roger as well as their offspring. His funeral was private as requested by the family and was conducted by B Taylor from the Cookstown assembly.

Mrs Esme Neill (née McMullan), aged 76, called home on 27th August. She was saved as a girl of 12 while attending meetings conducted by Mr D L Craig, and for some time was in happy fellowship in Ballymena assembly (Wellington Street). After her marriage to Bob Neill in 1960 she joined him in the Lord’s work in Africa where they laboured together for almost 50 years. Esme will be remembered for her faithfulness in the Lord’s work and her hospitality to the saints and the Lord’s servants. She deteriorated in health after Bob’s homecall in 2006 and passed away peacefully in her home in Capetown, South Africa. She is greatly missed by her sons Stephen and Peter and their wives and families as well as her brothers and sisters in N Ireland. Her funeral service was conducted by brethren from Port Elizabeth and Cape Town.

Mrs Ida Weir, aged 93, called home on 25th September after a long illness patiently borne. She was saved as a girl of 16 at meetings held by Mr John Poots and Mr William Bunting in Fintona Gospel Hall, Co Tyrone in 1932. After baptism, she was received into the fellowship of Fintona assembly where she continued until failing health prevented her gathering with the believers there. Mrs Weir was predeceased by her husband Robert (Bob) in 1966 and is survived by her three sons Norman, Cecil, and Gordon. She was lovingly and patiently cared for at home by Cecil until her homecall. Her funeral service was conducted by Mr W J Nesbitt and Mr S Nelson. Prayer is requested for her family circle, many of which are still without Christ.

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