Gallagher – Anne Mary (née O’Reilly), 6th January 2019, peacefully, at Beverly Lodge Nursing Home, late of Ardcuan Drive, Newtownards. Beloved wife of Phil, devoted mum of Allen and David, dearly loved granny of Sidnee and Emily, cherished sister, mother-in-law and friend. A Service of Thanksgiving for Anne’s life will be held at 11.00am on Thursday 10th January 2019 in Movilla Abbey Church following a private family committal. No flowers please by request. Donations in memory of Anne, if desired, may be made payable to Alzheimer’s Society c/o Adair Funeral Directors, 78 Main Street, Ballywalter BT22 2PJ.  “Safe in God’s keeping.”

One night I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord.
Many scenes from my life flashed across the sky.
In each scene I noticed footprints in the sand.
Sometimes there were two sets of footprints,
other times there were one set of footprints.

This bothered me because I noticed
that during the low periods of my life,
when I was suffering from
anguish, sorrow or defeat,
I could see only one set of footprints.

So I said to the Lord,
"You promised me Lord,
that if I followed you,
you would walk with me always.
But I have noticed that during
the most trying periods of my life
there have only been one
set of footprints in the sand.
Why, when I needed you most,
you have not been there for me?"

The Lord replied,
"The times when you have
seen only one set of footprints,
is when I carried you."