THE grieving family of Lindsay Emerson (nee Anderson) who died last month of a brain tumour, have paid tribute to her courage and strong faith in God.
The well-known Banbridge woman, aged 23, lost her battle with cancer on Sunday, April 22 after being diagnosed with a brain tumour in October 2006.
Lindsay was the daughter of Arthur and Liz Anderson and the sister of Zoe Allen, Sancha Cromie and Nik Anderson.
In 2005 she married Alain Emerson, a Youth Pastor at Emmanuel Church in Lurgan.
In a tribute to Lindsay, her family spoke of her desire to help the deprived and told of her travels to Europe and Africa, mainly with Emmanuel Church.
Her family commented: "Lindsay was a girl who, despite her success in school and hair competitions, judged her success in a different way.
"Lindsay's life goals revolved around loving God and loving
people. She did not invest a lot in pleasing herself but rather chose to invest in others; she had a real sense of justice for the oppressed and the marginalised.
"This was also apparent in her everyday life in her relationships with friends and family. She gave people confidence. She made them belong."
After being diagnosed with a brain tumour in October last year, Lindsay underwent two major brain operations, chemo and radiotherapy.
They added: "Throughout Lindsay's illness she never complained or asked 'why me?' but maintained her strong faith and hope in God."
Lindsay was a past pupil of Edenderry Primary School and Banbridge Academy and later
studied Dietetics at the University of Ulster.
In 2003 Lindsay took a year out with Christian Aid when she
travelled to the Philippines and Burkina Faso where she was involved in helping establish Fair Trade links and continued to work on the local side giving educational presentations in local schools.
On her return she enrolled at Queen's University to study International Studies and Psychology.
She had also travelled to South Africa, Uganda, Albania and Ukraine on behalf of Emmanuel Church.
On her last trip to Uganda in 2006 Lindsay and her husband Alain were leaders of two groups that went out to help build
accommodation and relationships with a local church.
Both the Anderson and Emerson families are devastated and will miss Lindsay terribly.
They would like to thank the local District Nurses, Therapists and Carers,, the Macmillan Nurses, the staff at the Royal Victoria Hospital and Cancer Centre, for the
sensitive care that they showed Lindsay and the family.
They added: "We would also like to thank the many people who prayed for Lindsay, Alain and their families."