OBITUARY: Margaret Pamela Johnston

THE passing of Margaret Pamela Johnston took place at her home, 10 Spelga Avenue, Banbridge, on Thursday, 3rd April.

Pam, as she was affectionately known to all her friends and acquaintances, had been in failing health for some time but bore her illness with true christian fortitude.

The daughter of the late Robert and Martha Arlow, she was brought up in Anderson Street.

After her marriage she went to live in Kenlis Street and then Edenderry Park where she brought up her family.

Pamela was of a cheery and friendly disposition and after leaving school worked on the clerical staff of Down Shoes Ltd. She then went on to work in Loughbrickland Primary School, Banbridge High School, Donard School and Bannvale Special Care Centre.

Pamela always had a glowing smile on her face but she had to retire through ill health. However this did not stop her in her efforts for different charitable organisations, particularly Banbridge Gateway Club which was very close to her heart and mind.

Pamela was often seen around the town in her mobility car.

She was involved with Banbridge District Council L.S.P. and the organisation of the Special Olympics.

Throughout her life Pamela wrote many poems and songs, having some of them published, and she was also a presenter with local radio station Shine FM, as well as being secretary of the company.

She was a member of Holy Trinity Parish Church.

Pamela is survived by her two daughters Wendy and Diane (Banbridge), sons Geoffrey (Banbridge), Timothy (Banbridge), David (Banbridge), Brian (Dromore) and Robin (England); 18 grandchildren; one great granddaughter; and two sisters Heather (Banbridge) and Ann (Scotland).

The funeral took place privately from her home for a service in Holy Trinity Parish Church.

The large congregation heard Captain Geoffrey Walmsley pay a fitting tribute to Pamela's life.

Her daughter Diane read the lesson and her other daughter Wendy and sister Ann read two of Pamela's favourite poems.

The hymns 'Abide with me' and 'The day thou gavest Lord is ended' were sung, Mr Stephen Timpany presiding at the organ.

Interment took place in the New Cemetery and family flowers were placed on the grave. Donations in lieu of flowers are being sent to William Bell and Co Funeral Directors, 23 Kenlis Street, Banbridge, BT32 3LR for Cancer Research NI.

William Bell and Co had charge of the funeral arrangements.