Mrs May Kilpatrick, aged 83, was called home on 8th August. May was the 7th of 8 daughters born to Mr and Mrs Paterson of Waterloo, Lanarkshire. May was saved as a girl of eight and was later baptised and received into the fellowship of the assembly in Overtown. She married Roy Kilpatrick and together they served the Lord in a number of different towns including Overtown, Windygates, Glenrothes, Lanark, Stevenston, and Kilwinning where they have been in happy fellowship for many years. They have given hospitality to many of the Lords servants over the years and have had a deep interest in the work of the Lord both at home and abroad. May visited Bolivia for the first time at 68 years of age and returned twice having learned some Spanish. She made three further overseas trips to South Africa, the last to celebrate her 80th birthday. She had a tremendous influence on young people and was an encouragement to all of us. She loved to sing and to witness for her Lord and she did both with a beautiful disarming smile. May is greatly missed in the assembly and especially by Roy. Remember him and his family, John, Tom and Anne, and their spouses and children.
Mrs Jessie Macmillan, aged 89, was called home on 3rd August after a brief period of hospitalised illness. Saved and baptised in her early 20s, she was variously in fellowship with believers near to her changing home addresses in Uddingston, Newmains, Wishaw, and, for the past 44 years, in Carluke Gospel Hall. Her husband (John) was only saved at the age of 70 and predeceased her by several years. One notable feature of both was their commitment to assembly activities. They could be relied upon to be present at all the meetings regardless of weather or any minor ailments. In Jessies latter years she was unable to walk too well but that did not prevent her attending until the last 2 years or so of her life. She rarely needed to use a hymnbook since she knew all the hymns by heart. She specifically asked that the hymn that had the refrain, "When Ive gone the last mile of the way", be sung at her funeral since it also contains the words, "I shall see the Great King in his beauty". She was noted for the ease with which she could strike up a conversation with any stranger and it would not be long before the need to be saved would be mentioned. She is already greatly missed at the assembly gatherings.
Mrs Lyla Montgomery, aged 78, went home to be with her Lord on 3rd July, after a short spell in hospital and many years of poor health. She was saved as a girl of 11 years and was in fellowship in Portavogie Gospel Hall. Lyla was always interested in missionary work, collecting clothes and knitting and crocheting baby clothes and blankets to send to needy people in far-off lands. She was also very active in the assembly at Portavogie, and was very hospitable to visiting brethren, welcoming them into her home. Lyla is very much missed by her husband Samuel and the family.
Mrs Elizabeth Morris, aged 92, was called home on 2nd July. She was saved in October, 1957 when the late Jim Hutchison had special gospel meetings in Shieldhill. She was baptised in January, 1959 and subsequently received into fellowship. She was faithful in her attendance at all of the assembly gatherings and loved to be present at the missionary workshop. She was an example to all, especially her four girls, who one by one came to trust the Saviour for themselves. She had a keen interest in her fellow villagers and will be remembered for sending cards to any villager who was ill or bereaved. Remember the family in prayer, and especially her husband, who still remains unsaved.
Miss Agnes Rodger, aged 78, on 17th May. Agnes was called home into the presence of her Lord. She was saved in her early years and in the life which followed she gave clear evidence regarding the Lord she loved and served. For a brief time, in her early years, she was in the assembly in Muirkirk, but then for over 60 years she was in happy and consistent fellowship in the Low Waters assembly having moved to that area. Agnes was one of lifes characters. No-one who came into contact with her could miss who or what was pre-eminent in her life. It was the Lord and His business. Her faithfulness to the Lord and His assembly was an example for all of us to follow. Her witness to all around her was bright and consistent. Regularly Agnes was to be seen walking the streets of Hamilton distributing tracts to homes and passers-by telling them about her Saviour. In conversation with her it became clear that there was not only an outward activity that was honouring to Christ but there was a deep interest in the Word of God as well. She had a wide-ranging grasp of the Word highlighting and discussing matters that showed clearly that she had read the Book studiously. Her place is missed in the assembly and characters of her ilk are now few and far between. For her, her labours are over and she has entered into her rest, but for her family circle, many of whom are still unbelievers, prayer is needed and would be valued.
Mrs Wilma Stallan, in her 90th year, went to be with her Lord on 6th August. Reared in the Church of Scotland, she was saved aged 11 using the words of the gospel hymn "Just as I am". After marriage in 1947, she and her late husband Fred enjoyed fellowship in the assemblies at Knightswood, Townhead and Summerfield, Glasgow, and, from 1971, at Linwood, Renfrewshire where she held the saints in deep affection. Wilmas main goals in life, apart from nurturing her family, were to accompany Fred in his wide preaching ministry across the UK, often on public transport in the early days, and to use her training as a shorthand typist for his written ministry. In her active years, she was given to hospitality in the home where many believers fondly remember Fred as a natural host and Wilma a gifted pianist. At her funeral service, her son-in-law Gordon Dunbar and family friends Alan Gamble and Sandy Foster paid tribute to her long life of unwavering faithfulness to the Lord, summarised in her favourite hymn - "Jesus led me all the way". Prayer would be valued for her daughters, Linda and Moira, and grandson, Justin.