PROFOUND sorrow spread throughout the district when it was learned of the passing of Mrs Margaret Evelyn Hillis which took place peacefully at her home 3 Tanvally Road, Annaclone on Monday March 19. She was the dearly loved wife of Robert Hillis and the devoted mum of Robin, Marianna,
Crawford, Andrew and Lindsay. She was the eldest daughter of John and Dora Heslip.
The former Miss Evelyn Heslip of Donaghmore, she and Roy were married 50 years ago and brought up their family in Tanvally. Evelyn was diagnosed with multpile sclerosis 29 years ago but bore her illness with true Christian fortitude.
She was a woman of a cheery and friendly disposition and was highly respected by everyone who had the pleasure of knowing her. She was educated at Donaghmore Elementary and Banbridge Technical College.
She had a great love of flowers and worked as a Florist in Daisy Hill Nurseries and after her marriage to Roy she resided at Tanvally and took a great interest in the cattle on the farm and many other aspects of it.
She was a member of 1st Anaghlone Presbyterian Church and was a Sunday School Teacher. She was a Founder Member of the Ladies Guild but her main interest was centred around her home and family and it is there that her passing will be mostly felt.
She is survived by her husband Roy, sons Robin, Crawford, Andrew and Lindsay, daughter Mrs. Marianna Ervine, daughter-in-law Brenda, son-in-law Samuel, Lindsay’s Fiancée Noeleen, grandchildren Edwin, Victoria, Rachel, Philip, Rebekah, Laura, Jason, Tracey, Shania, Jack, Christopher, Aime, Leah and Jonathan and great grandson Thomas, brother Tommy (Banbridge) and sisters Mrs. Betty Mitchell (Newry) and Mrs. Violet Slater (Crieff, Scotland), nieces and nephews.
To these and all other relatives sincere sympathy has been extended. The funeral took place from her home on Thursday March 22 for a service in 1st Anaghlone Presbyterian Church which was overflowing. A fitting tribute was paid by the Rev. Brian Martin her minister who officiated at the Home, Church and Graveside. The hymns ‘The Lord’s My Shepherd’ and ‘Great Is Thy Faithfulness’ were sung. Her sister-in-law Mrs. Evelyn Mathers presided at the organ. The interment took place in the adjoining churchyard. Family flowers were placed on the grave and donations in lieu may be sent if desired to William Bell and Co.
Funeral Directors, 23 Kenlis Street, Banbridge, BT32 3LR for 1st Anaghlone Presbyterian Church Building Fund and Home Carers (Cheques made payable to William Bell and Co).
William Bell and Co. had charge of the funeral arrangements.