Margaret was held in high esteem

The passing of Mrs Margaret Close of 23 Seapatrick Avenue has left a great void among her family and friends.

She was the dearly loved wife of William Derek and was the dear mother of Jacqueline, Mandy and the late Philip who predeceased her just a year ago. Margaret was held in the highest respect by everyone. She bore her illness with true Christian fortitude and was tenderly loved by all her family. She enjoyed a day out, especially when she went shopping, in particular on Fridays when she went to the hairdressers.

She is survived by her husband Derek, daughters Jacqueline and Mandy, son-in-law Patrick, Mandy’s boyfriend Ian, daughter-in-law Tracey, grandchildren Leanne, Rachael, Jason, Mark, Stephen, David, Tat, Lauren and Lee, 15 great grandchildren, brother Bill and sisters Joan, Hilda and Angela. To these and all other relatives sincere sympathy has been extended.

The funeral took place from her home on Thursday, August 22 when the cortege made a short journey for a service in St Patrick’s (Village) Church which was overflowing. As Margaret’s remains were carried into the church the soloist and organist Siobhian Taylor and Orlaith McClory played ‘Here I Am Lord’ ‘Psalm 23’, ‘How Great Thou Art’ and ‘Be Thou My Vision’ were sung.

Captain Geoffrey Walmsley paid a fitting tribute to Margaret’s life. Her grandson Lee read a poem from his nanny to the family. After the service as the coffin was removed from the church Siobhian sang the solo, ‘Going Home’. The interment took place afterwards in the New Cemetery. Family flowers were placed on the grave and donations in lieu are being sent to William Bell and Co. Funeral Directors, R for Marie Curie and Macmillan Nurses (cheques made payable to William Bell and Co.)