Battled illness to care for daughters

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The funeral has taken place of Sandra Dawn McGrath, who died suddenly while on holiday in Burnley, England, on February 24.

She was the daughter of Eddie and Jean Jardine, the dear sister of Glenn and David, and the fiancée of David. She had two daughters Nicole and Rachel and a grandson Marc.

Sandra was a popular girl and well known about Banbridge but tragically, when on holiday in England, a sudden seizure occurred.

Sandra was born in Worcester, England and later went to live in Northamptonshire. She came back to Omagh in 1970 and returned to Banbridge in 1976. She spent many good years in Banbridge High School. After leaving school she was employed in Dromore Hem Stitching after which, marriage and motherhood became her main focus.

It was shortly after this that Sandra’s health was set back by the debilitating illness Fibromyalgia. This made life very difficult for her as a mother, however she managed to obtain a quality family life for her two daughters Nicole and Rachel, and then in most recent years with her grandson Marc.

Sandra was brought home to Banbridge and her funeral took place from William Bell and Co Funeral Home to the New Cemetery.

The hymns ‘The Lord’s My Shepherd’ and ‘What A Friend We Have In Jesus’ were sung. Miss Margaret Stevenson presided at the organ and the Rev Tom Deacon paid a fitting tribute.

Family flowers were placed on the grave and donations in lieu of flowers are being sent to William Bell and Co Funeral Directors, 23 Kenlis Street, Banbridge, BT32 3LR for The Southern Area Hospice.

The family would like to thank all those people who attended the funeral and kindly conveyed their sympathy.

William Bell and Co had charge of the funeral arrangements.