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Mrs Elizabeth Ferguson, aged 89, was called home on 24th June. Our sister was saved at meetings held by Mr Robert Beattie and received into Quilly assembly. After her marriage to James she was in Kingsmills for many years and latterly in Aughavey. Her husband was called home in the year 2000. She loved the gatherings of the saints when able but owing to the need of care she was in a residential home for 5 years. She was consistent in testimony, "adorning the doctrine", and her interest in the gospel was very evident. Visiting her was a great joy as she was loved and respected by all who knew her. She will be sadly missed by her family circle. The funeral services were conducted by B Glendinning and W Taylor with U Badger and D McGarvey sharing in prayer. A large number of unsaved relatives and neighbours heard the gospel.

Mrs Jean Cullen Fletcher, aged 88, called home on 20th April. Jean was saved at the age of 11, baptized in 1932, and received into fellowship in the assembly which met in Baillie’s Causeway, Hamilton. She also enjoyed fellowship in Lowaters, Hamilton and Loan Hall, Stevenston, before coming to Bridgend Gospel Hall, Kilwinning in May, 1989. She has been a consistent attender at the meetings and a faithful witness to the saving and keeping power of the Lord Jesus. She had a wide interest in the Lord’s work at home and abroad and loved to keep up to date through the magazines when unable to attend the meetings. Remember her relatives, especially her son and two daughters, in your prayers.

Marilyn Reid Gourlay, aged 50, called home on 31st October, 2009. Marilyn was born and bred in Ayrshire. As a young girl she trusted the Lord Jesus as her Saviour in Beith and later, when the family moved to Irvine, she was baptized and received into fellowship in the assembly there. She was a bright witness to the saving power of the Lord Jesus. After marriage she and her husband lived in Zambia where many of the Lord’s people enjoyed their hospitality. Sadly Marilyn contracted serious illnesses which caused her much suffering. On her return to Scotland she was in fellowship in Bethesda Hall, Linthouse and later she moved to Kilwinning, but for the last few years was too ill to attend the meetings. Despite frequent hospital visits and major operations her health deteriorated and she passed into the presence of the Lord. Remember her mum Jean and family in your prayers.

Mr Jack Glasgow, aged 81, called home on 5th June, after being ill for 5 months, an experience borne with much patience. Saved on 21st January, 1944 at meetings in Cookstown conducted by Mr A Cooke, he was in fellowship there for many years. He was very active in many aspects of assembly life, having a great interest in children’s work and in speaking at children’s meetings in many other places. He was also greatly involved in the distribution of the Scriptures. For the past 12 years he was in fellowship at Aughrim where he was highly esteemed and will be missed by the elders and others for his encouragement in the work. Jack loved to hear the gospel and ministry well presented and encouraged those in that work. He will be greatly missed especially in the place of prayer. A large number attended his funeral at Aughrim. Tributes were given and Roland Pickering spoke in the hall and at the graveside. Prayer valued for his widow Ruth and family.

Mr Jim Keith, on 13th March, at home, having been lovingly cared for by his wife and family until his home-call after a long, weary battle fought with faith and dignity. Jim was saved as a young man and devoted his life to the Lord. He was an able preacher of the gospel and Bible teacher and helped out in all the assemblies in Shetland where he will be greatly missed. The assembly at Sound were often privileged to hear him on a Lord’s Day morning offer up in worship or minister from what he had gleaned during the week in the quiet place alone with the Master. He took every opportunity to witness to the unsaved in the work place where he was greatly respected and through his humble and endearing personality he was able to show others the love the Saviour had for him. Colleagues have said they had been enriched in life by knowing him. The large attendance at the funeral service was a tribute to a life that had touched many people. For Jim it is absent from the body present with the Lord he loved and served.

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