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In view of the number of obituary notices the publishers are expected to insert we would ask those who submit them to keep them as succinct as possible.

Mrs Isabella (Isabel) Armstrong, aged 82, was called to Higher Service on 21st May. Born in the village of Greengairs near Airdrie, she was saved as a 17 year old teenager when Mr Wilding saw blessing at that time. Isabel met and married Robert Armstrong and they set up home in Greengairs where they were in fellowship in Backbrae Gospel Hall. A few years later they moved to Glenmavis and joined the saints who gathered in Hebron Hall, Airdrie, and here they remained in fellowship, and were given to hospitality. Her husband suffered a stroke and for many years Isabel looked after him diligently at home till his death. After this, Isabel’s own health declined and for the last 5 1/2 years she was in a care home, where she was attended well by the staff and her family, until she went into the presence of her Lord. Her funeral service was conducted by Alex Reid, Tom McCormick, and David McMaster. She is survived by four sisters and one brother and their extended families.

Miss Annie Burns, aged 89, died peacefully at the Biggart Hospital in Prestwick on 22nd May, following a short illness as the result of a stroke. She will be greatly missed by her friends and family, and many of them attended her funeral service at Dalmellington Cemetery on 31st May. The service was led by one of her nephews, Stewart Burns, who gave thanks for her life and the fine example of Christian living she had given since being saved by the grace of God, in 1933, when she was just 11 years old. She was accepted into fellowship at Bethany Hall in Dalmellington, where she served the Lord faithfully, including a period of nearly 40 years as Sunday School teacher and Treasurer to the assembly until its closure in 2000. At the service, her friends and family took the opportunity to share memories of her life, the common thread being her devotion to the Lord and her enthusiasm and diligence in doing His work.

Mr & Mrs Alex and Edna Elder. Alex went to be with Christ on 7th April, aged 76, after a short but serious illness. He was saved as a young man of 25 years and soon afterwards was baptised and received into the fellowship of the saints at Harryville. Alex’s life left no doubt of a work of grace. He loved the Scriptures, and the assembly and the Lord’s people. He and his dear wife Edna were married for almost 50 years. They bore with dignity the tragic loss of one of their daughters in 2008. Just a few weeks after Alex’s death, Edna learned of her own serious illness and she passed into the presence of the Lord on 26th June, just 11 weeks after Alex. Edna was saved at the age of 13 on 13th December, 1953, and was soon baptised and received into the assembly at Ballynashee. After their marriage she joined with Alex among the saints at Harryville. In May, 1997 they came to live in Ahoghill and were received into the fellowship of the assembly there. Edna bore her illness with quiet acceptance and was lovingly cared for at home by her daughter Carol and son-in-law Clive. Both funerals were conducted by members of the Ahoghill assembly where they will be sadly missed. Prayer will be appreciated for Carol and Clive and the extended family circle.

Mrs Margaret Farrell, aged 85, on 11th June. Saved in early life, our sister, with her late husband Cecil, was in fellowship in Dungannon assembly for many years. A happy delightful woman who loved the Lord and sought to honour Him in every aspect of her life, in the goodness of God she had an "abundant entrance" spending her last hours praying and praising God for His goodness and grace. She is survived by four sons and three daughters, all saved, also many grandchildren and great-grandchildren some of whom are also saved and in assembly fellowship. At her large funeral, conducted by J Wishart and R Pickering, the Lord gave exceptional help in preaching the gospel, and prayer would be appreciated for extended family members still not saved.

Mr Robert (Bertie) Glenn, aged 81, passed into the presence of His Lord on 4th June. Saved at the age of 17 when Robert Curran and William Bunting had gospel meetings in Ballymagarrick Gospel Hall, he was soon baptised and received into the assembly there, where he spent all his Christian life. A bachelor who loved children’s work, he taught faithfully in the Sunday School for over 50 years. Although not a platform man, his love and support of the gospel was outstanding, being shown by his presence, prayers and practical giving. Over a lifetime he welcomed people to the hall with a smile and a hymn book. He was a friend to many, both saved and unsaved, visiting and helping people, often with words of gospel to souls out of Christ. Many neighbours in the district will miss his visits. The large funeral of well over 400 people in attendance at Ballymagarrick Gospel Hall was a real tribute in itself to his life and testimony. The funeral services were conducted by U Crothers, H Andrews, and J Wishart, and chaired by his brother Samuel in the hall. At the graveside R Pickering and T Wallace were responsible.

Miss Wilhelmina Glidden (known by all as Minnie), aged 88, was called home to be with her Lord on 2nd June after a prolonged illness. Our sister was saved when a young girl and was received into the Overtown assembly in 1938 at the age of 14, and remained in happy fellowship there for the rest of her life. Minnie served in the assembly in every way she could. She was a faithful attendee, and if she was not present, then it would have been because of illness. In earlier days Minnie was one of the sisters who scrubbed the hall floor and never murmured. Minnie lived in the same house for 84 years - surely a record. She loved the Lord and the Lord’s people. The large number from the village, and our own and surrounding assemblies, who attended her funeral, testified to the high regard in which she was held. Minnie will be greatly missed by all.

Mr Samuel Gracey, aged 96, called home on 11th February. Our esteemed brother was born in the Lurgan area in 1915. Shortly after his conversion in 1933 he was received into the assembly at Lurgan where he remained for the rest of his life except for the last five years when he was in fellowship in the Bushmills assembly after he, with his daughters, moved to reside in that town. He was a man who lived in the enjoyment of spiritual things and his devotion to the Lord expressed itself in total commitment to the local assembly. He participated in all its activities and his contributions were always appreciated. That was true in the preaching of the gospel, the opening of the local Bible Reading, or leading the saints in worship. He and his wife Mabel, who predeceased him eight years ago, were given to hospitality, and their home was open to the Lord’s people and servants. For many years a faithful and caring overseer, a wise counsellor, a precentor of hymns, and a convenor of the Lurgan Conference, he will be greatly missed. His funeral from Lurgan Gospel Hall was conducted by D Gilliland and J Fleck ably assisted by other brethren in tribute and prayer. Prayer will be valued for his two daughters, Kathleen and Norma, his son Douglas and daughter-in-law Myrtle together with the grandchildren and great-grandchildren, that the circle will be unbroken in that coming day.

Miss Maria Morrison, of Stornoway was called home on 10th May aged 93. She was saved in her youth, and later baptised at Garrabost in the burn which ran past the mill of her father, the late Angus Morrison, a steadfast founding member of the Stornoway assembly. She took up a nursing career, training at Glasgow Royal Infirmary during which time she enjoyed fellowship in Anniesland assembly. She worked in Aberdeen for some years as a Queen’s Nurse then became Nursing Superintendent for Caithness. While in the Wick assembly she taught in the Sunday School. She completed her career at Paisley as Chief Nursing Superintendent for Renfrewshire, retiring in 1980 and returning to her native Isle in 1993. Since then she faithfully supported the small assembly in Stornoway where she is greatly missed, especially by her aged brother John, now frail and in a care home.

Mr William McMillan was called home on 18th April. Born into a Christian home in the year 1923, William trusted Christ as his Saviour when he was 16 years old. Shortly afterward he was baptised and received into fellowship in the Whitehouse assembly. In August, 1957 he and his wife Ivy were commended from the Fortwilliam assembly as foundation members of the newly formed assembly at Cloughfern. "Willie", as he was known to his friends was a successful businessman in Northern Ireland who never allowed personal prosperity to stand in the way of his spiritual progress. He and Ivy took a keen interest - not only in the work at Cloughfern and the neighbouring assembly at Ballyduff but in the Lord’s Work throughout Ireland and in lands "afar off". Many a saint in sickness was blessed by his cheerful visitation and many missionaries encouraged by their generous, timely gifts and prayers. Eternity alone will reveal the full extent of their sacrifices in the service of the Lord. The funeral was from Cloughfern Gospel Hall and the building was packed to capacity for the service. A warm and fitting tribute was paid to him by David Burnison, his long-term friend and brother in the Cloughfern fellowship. Andrew Wilson and Hilton Lowe (son-in-law) from Cloughfern and Carrick respectively, shared in prayer. At the graveside two grandsons were responsible; the Scriptures were read by Jonathan Lowe followed in prayer by Craig McMillan. Prayer is valued for his devoted wife Ivy and his children, Anne, John and Marian and their spouses, together with the grandchildren and great-grandchildren. As was said at his funeral, "He was a good man, and full of the Holy Ghost". He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Miss Jean McRoberts, was called home on 14th May in her 92nd year, after quite a prolonged time of weakness and pain. She spoke often of the joy of going home, and her family are greatly comforted to know she is now with the Lord. Jean was born in Belfast and reared in a godly home. She was saved as a girl of 16 and came into fellowship in the Ebenezer assembly. Many years later, she and her sister Louie went to live for a few years in the Rathcoole area and were commended to Whitehouse where they were much appreciated and esteemed. In 1975 the sisters moved to Glengormley and were commended to the assembly there, where, again, they were greatly valued and highly esteemed. Jean was a sweet natured sister who enthusiastically gave her full support in all the meetings and was rarely absent. When her health deteriorated and she was no longer able to be out, she was greatly missed. Louie continues to enjoy the fellowship there and we remember her in prayer as Jean’s seat will be empty in the home which they shared for so many years. Her other sister Agnes has had many health problems over the years and would need prayer also. Jean’s funeral was from Glengormley Hall and was shared by Wesley Moore, Tom Meekin, Raymond McNair, and Andrew Kenny.

Mrs Jean Taylor, aged 91, was called home on 5th June after a period in care and with increasing frailty. Jean was born and lived all her days in Troon. She was converted at the age of 18 through the ministry of Mr Harold German and lived out her Christian life in fellowship at Bethany Hall (Seagate Evangelical Church). She married Homer Taylor in 1942 and supported him in his work with children and as an elder until his homecall in 1989. Jean was a founder member of the Women’s Hour at Bethany Hall in the early 1960s and served the Lord and the women of the town well for over 20 years by organising speakers, singers and demonstrators. She was highly respected and loved, and the large number who attended her funeral spoke well of the regard in which she was held, even to her latter years.

Mr Joseph (Joe) Wallace, aged 81, went to be with Christ on 15th May, after a short period in hospital. He was born and lived all his life at Derriaghy. Joe had a godly mother and was brought up under the sound of the gospel, but it was not until 1980 that he came to know the Saviour. During gospel tent meetings that year, conducted by Mr Tom McNeill and Mr Alan Davidson, he set his heart on salvation and was soon rejoicing in knowing his sins forgiven. Sometime later he was baptised and received into fellowship in the assembly at Derriaghy. He was a quiet brother, but faithful to the Lord and the assembly, and is missed. His funeral services were taken by Tom Armstrong, when the triumphant message of resurrection was proclaimed.

Mrs Mary White, aged 84, went to be with Christ on 14th May. Saved as a young girl in Netherburn, she continued in the Christian path enjoying all aspects of assembly life. On her marriage she moved to set up home in Ashgill, her husband William White being active in the assembly there. In 1986 she moved with him to Larkhall where she was in fellowship for 26 years. We remember her long years of faithful service both in Ashgill and Larkhall. A true helpmeet to her late husband, she was marked by fidelity and hospitality towards the Lord’s people. Her final 3 years were spent in Auchlochan Care Home, Lesmahagow, from where she went suddenly but peacefully into the presence of her Lord.

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