Bailie – Lilian, 9th September 2020, peacefully, late of Park Avenue, Ballywalter. Precious wife of John, adored mum of Karen and Gordon, dearly loved mother-in-law of Jonathan and Rebecca, loving nanny to Jennifer, Emily, Cameron and Benjamin, cherished sister and friend. Sadly, due to current Government Regulations, a Private Celebration for Lilian’s life will be held for family and close friends only. For anyone wishing to pay their respects, the cortege will leave Adair Funeral Home, 78 Main Street, Ballywalter BT22 2PJ at 12 noon on Monday 14th September 2020 en route to Whitechurch Cemetery via Main Street and Dunover Road. No flowers please by request. “Time slips past but memories last.”

Gamble – John Sidney, died 17th August 2020. Beloved husband of Doreen, brother of Enid, Ken and David. Family flowers only please by request. Donations in memory of Sidney, if desired, may be made payable to Ailsa Lodge Nursing Home c/o Adair Funeral Directors, 78 Main Street, Ballywalter BT22 2PJ. Will be lovingly remembered and deeply missed by all his family. At home in the presence of his Lord and Saviour.

Bell – John Alan, 13th August 2020, peacefully, at hospital, his loving family by his side. Dearly loved husband of Gillian, dearest dad of Karen and David. A Committal Service will be held at 3.30pm on Tuesday 18th August 2020 at Roselawn Crematorium. A Celebration for Alan’s life will take place at a later date. No flowers please by request. Donations in memory of Alan, if desired, may be made payable to the R.N.L.I c/o Adair Funeral Directors, 78 Main Street, Ballywalter BT22 2PJ. Will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed.

Layland – Janet, 1st August 2020, suddenly, late of Lawson Park, Portavogie. Precious wife of Geoffrey, adored mum of Christopher, Stephen and Jonathan, dearly loved daughter of George and Barbara, cherished sister of Lorraine, Paul and Sam, much loved mother-in-law of Angie and Aideen, devoted gran of Connor, Chloe, Molly, Jessica, Ben, Sophie and Thomas. Sadly, due to current government restrictions, a private Service of Thanksgiving for Janet’s life will be held for family and close friends only. No flowers please by request. Donations in memory of Janet, if desired, may be made payable to NI Children’s Hospice c/o Adair Funeral Directors, 78 Main Street, Ballywalter BT22 2PJ. Will be lovingly remembered and deeply missed by all her family. “Absent from the body, present with the Lord.”

Dodds – Heather, 25th June 2020, peacefully, at her home, Manse Road, Kircubbin, her loving family by her side. Much loved wife of Alan and dear mum of Leah and Annie. Sadly, due to current regulations the arrangements are private. Will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by all the family. “God has you in His keeping; we have you in our hearts.”

Boal – Marlyn, 31st May 2020, peacefully, at Marie Curie Hospice, Belfast, her loving family by her side, late of Newtownards. Beloved wife of the late Jimmy,  much loved mum of Michelle, Jodie, Laura and James and devoted granny of Kirsten, Michael, Alan, Ellie, Claire and Junior. Funeral arrangements private. No flowers please by request. Donations in memory of Marlyn, if desired, may be made payable to Marie Curie c/o Adair Funeral Directors, 78 Main Street, Ballywalter BT22 2PJ. Will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by all her family. “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. It’s only good night dear mum. Onwards and upwards.”

Hassard – Derek Edward, 6th May 2020, suddenly, at hospital. Very much loved husband of Patricia, dearly loved father of Judith, Christopher and David, father-in-law of Gill and Andrea, much loved brother of Joan and Avril, devoted granda of Alex, Myah, Susie, Emily, Ben, Hayley, Zack and Roxi. Funeral Service private. No flowers please. Donations in memory of Derek, if desired, may be made payable to NI Chest, Heart & Stroke c/o Adair Funeral Directors, 78 Main Street, Ballywalter BT22 2PJ. Lovingly remembered by all his family. “To know him was to love him.”

Grinnell – Patricia (Pat), 26th April 2020, peacefully, in the tender care of Marie Curie Hospice, late of Bexley Meadow, Bangor. Beloved wife of Charles, devoted mum of Nichola and Carol, cherished sister, aunt, granny and friend. Sadly, due to the current public health crisis, the funeral will be private and restricted to a small family gathering. No flowers please. Donations in memory of Pat, if desired, may be made payable to Marie Curie c/o Adair Funeral Directors, 78 Main Street, Ballywalter BT22 2PJ. Will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by the entire family circle. “The Lord is my shepherd.”

McVea – Ruth, 17th April 2020, peacefully at hospital, late of Manse Road, Carrowdore. Beloved wife of Eric, devoted mum of Peter and Christine, highly respected mother-in-law of Susanne and Jim, cherished sister, aunt, nanny, great-nanny and friend. Sadly, due to the current public health crisis, the funeral will be private and restricted to a small family gathering. Family flowers only please. Will be deeply missed and lovingly remembered by the entire family circle. “Till we meet again. At home with the Lord.”

White – Madeline, 29th February 2020, peacefully, late of Scrabo Isles Private Nursing Home, Newtownards, formerly of Ballygowan.  Funeral arrangements strictly private please. “At Rest.”

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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."