A founding member of a Dromore cross-community group, Margaret Eleanor Brush of Maypole Park, passed away on August 3 in the Mater Hospital, Belfast.
Margaret was born on January 6, 1940 in Spruce Street, Belfast and she was the eldest daughter of Hugh and Martha Gregg.
In 1947 the family moved to the Dromore area, returning to the Gregg family home in the town land of Greenogue.
Margaret was educated at Dromore Elementary Primary School and progressed on to Banbridge Technical College.
At 14 Margaret completed her education and began employment as a stitcher in Dickson’s, before moving to Aubrey Weir’s hardware shop where she worked as a bookkeeper.
In 1956 in Dromore Orange Hall, Margaret was to meet the love of her life - Jackie. Their devoted partnership was cemented on July 10, 1962 in Dromore Cathedral.
Jackie and Margaret set up their first home in Church Street and had four sons - John, Stephen, David and Michael - each one precious and cherished by them.
Grandchildren later arrived, bringing some long-awaited girls into their family - Shannon, Lucy, Jordan, Charley, Matthew, Kellie, Max and Daniel - Margaret was the proudest grandmother.
Margaret was known for her sociable, warm, friendly and caring personality. She was good company and had known many of her friends for a lifetime - folk like Stella Poots, Maureen Gibson, and Ellie Wilson.
Along with Jackie, Margaret was a founding member of the ‘Autumn Leaves’ cross community group in the town and in more recent years held the position of treasurer within the organisation.
As a hobby she loved to paint and became quite an accomplished artist selling some of her works.
She loved all sorts of puzzles and fire-side quizzes.
She also loved her holidays to the Bayview Hotel in Port Ballintrae with her family, times which held many happy memories.
Margaret was faced with a very harsh diagnosis earlier this year, but with great fortitude she successfully underwent surgery in the Mater Hospital. A series of complications however delayed her recovery.
A tribute from her son Stephen said: “To the woman who carried us, nursed us, nourished us and raised us into the men we are today, thank you for everything mum.”
Margaret is survived by brother Trevor Gregg, sisters Mrs Florence McClenaghan, Mrs Janis Orr, Mrs Alexandra Blackbourne and Miss Joan Gregg.
Margaret’s funeral took place on August 5 at Banbridge Road Presbyterian Church, Dromore.
The 23rd Psalm and hymn What a Friend We Have in Jesus were sung and Mrs Elizabeth McDonald presided at the organ. The Rev Gary Trueman led the service.
Donations in lieu of flowers if desired may be sent to John Gamble Funderal Director, 7 Meeting Street, Dromore, BT25 1AQ for Macmillan Nurses.