There has been widespread grief on the passing of Miss Anna Russell, which occurred on Sunday 27th December, peacefully at Craigavon Area Hospital.
Anna spent all her life at ‘Claymount’, Banbridge. She was the eldest daughter of the late Mr James Stewart (Ballynaskeagh).
Her funeral took place from her home on Tuesday 29th December to 2nd Anaghlone Presbyterian Church for a service which was conducted by the Rev. Brian Martin.
Rev. Martin reflected on Anna’s strong Christian faith and devotion towards her church. Having first taught Sunday School in her younger days and being a founder member of the PWA with almost 60 years service.
Anna was also a long standing elder in her congregation since 1986 and also served as Clerk of Session for a number of years.
As a child, Anna attended Anaghlone Primary School, Banbridge Academy and later Stranmillis College.
She then spent all her teaching career at Ballydown Primary School, retiring in 1991, having spent the last 18 years as Vice Principal.
She was also a former Governor of the school.
During her time at Stranmillis and through her teaching career she made many lifelong friends, enjoying their company on frequent holidays and social activities.
Rev. Martin spoke fondly on Anna’s keen sense of humour and ability for public speaking. Her involvement in many groups laid testament to her warm and loving nature.
As a skilled gardener, Anna spent many hours in her beautiful garden at ‘Claymount’. She delighted in inviting many friends and family to enjoy it with her, especially to see her tremendous show of crocuses in springtime.
Amongst those who knew Anna best, Anna will perhaps be remembered for her welcoming hospitality.
She was much devoted to her family and it is here her passing will be most felt.
She is survived by her sister Jean, nephews Mark, Brian, James, niece Fiona and their families. To these and all other relatives and close friends, sincere sympathy has been extended. The hymns Blessed Assurance and What A Friend We Have In Jesus were sung. The interment took place afterwards at 2nd Anaghlone Presbyterian Church. Family flowers were placed on the grave. Donations in lieu of flowers are being sent to Wm Bell & Co, 23 Kenlis Street, Banbridge, BT2 3LR for 2nd Anaghlone Presbyterian Church building fund.
William Bell & Co had charge of the funeral arrangements.