Eccles – Beatrice, 29th December 2017, peacefully, at the Ulster Hospital, Dundonald, late of Main Street, Ballywalter. Loving and much-loved sister of Ruby and Ivan, cherished aunt and friend. A Service of Thanksgiving for Beatrice’s life will be held at 11.00 am on Tuesday 2nd January 2018 in Holy Trinity Parish Church, Ballywalter, followed by committal in Whitechurch Cemetery. House strictly private. No flowers please by request. Donations in memory of Beatrice, if desired, may be made payable to Holy Trinity Parish Church c/o Adair Funeral Directors, 78 Main Street, Ballywalter BT22 2PJ. “A smile for all, a heart of gold, one of the best this world could hold, never selfish, always kind, these are the memories you leave behind.”

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."