Mackey – Ellen, 7th February 2020, suddenly, in Cyprus, late of Silverbirch Road, Bangor. Much loved wife of Noel, loving mum of Conor and Victoria and Martin and Sarah, stepmother to Elizabeth and Phillip, devoted granny to Molly, Rohan, Arlo and Harper. Service from her late home, 125 Silverbirch Road, Bangor BT19 6FA at 2.00pm on Tuesday 18th February 2020, followed by committal in Clandeboye Cemetery. No flowers please by request. Donations in memory of Ellen, if desired, may be made payable to Cancer Research UK c/o Adair Funeral Directors, 78 Main Street, Ballywalter BT22 2PJ. Lovingly remembered and sadly missed by the entire family.

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."