Pyper – Elsie, 1st March 2017, peacefully at home, late of Movilla Road, Newtownards. Cherished wife of Raymond, devoted, loving and deeply loved mum of Louise and the late Julie. A Service of Thanksgiving for Elsie’s life will be held at 12 noon on Monday 6th March 2017 in Ballygrainey Presbyterian Church, following a committal service at 10.30 am in Roselawn Crematorium. House strictly private. No flowers please by request. Donations in memory of Elsie, if desired, may be made payable to either Cancer Research NI or Segal House (Mencap Children’s Centre) c/o Adair Funeral Directors, 78 Main Street, Ballywalter BT22 2PJ. “Mizpah.”

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."