Janet’s passing will leave a void in the community

Janet Brush.
Janet Brush.

Mrs Janet Elizabeth Brush passed away at The Southern Area Hospice, Newry on Wednesday, July 10.

Janet was the first born child of May and the late Tom McCahy of Tullyraine House. She was educated at Edenderry Primary School and then Banbridge Academy.

The organist at Magherally for many years, Janet was employed with Hunter Sinton and Co Accountants, Bridge Street.

Janet married Clifford in Magherally Presbyterian Church in April 1992 and has since been his dearly loved wife and loving mother to Steven and Christina. It is here that her passing will be mostly felt.

Having been brought up on a farm, Janet had a love of animals but her main interest was in her home and family. For this reason, in order to be a full time mum to both Steven and Christina, Janet left Hunter Sinton and Co. and became a registered childminder to the Campbell family until May 2013.

Janet battled cancer for the past five years with true Christian fortitude and positive attitude, never letting her illness phase her.

However, in May Janet was faced with yet another hurdle and admitted to Craigavon Area Hospital with Pneumonia.

She was then transferred to the Southern Area Hospice in order to prevent any further infection, but sadly on Friday, July 5, Janet took a sudden turn for the worse and her condition deteriorated.

Janet is survived by her husband Clifford, son Steven, daughter Tina, mother May, sister Shirley McClearn and brother Robert. To these relatives and family circles sincere sympathy has been extended.

The funeral took place from Janet’s home on Saturday, July 13, for a service in Magherally Presbyterian Church which was filled to capacity.

The large congregation heard Rev Liam Rutherford give an inspiring address and the hymns ‘The Lord’s My Shepherd’ and ‘Safe in the Arms of Jesus’ were sung.

Mrs Neville presided at the organ and members of Banbridge Town Ladies Football Club, of which Christina is a member, formed a guard of honour at the church door.

The interment took place afterwards in Banbridge New Cemetery. 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 Macmillan Nurses and The Southern Area Hospice. (Cheques made payable to William Bell and Co.)

William Bell and Co. had charge of the funeral arrangements.