Ayre – Martha (Meta), Called Home 17th May 2022, suddenly, late of Whitechurch Meadows, Ballywalter. Beloved wife of the late Billy, much loved mum of David and Louanne, highly respected mother-in-law of Lin and Michael, devoted grandmother and great-grandmother. A committal will take place at 12 noon on Monday 23rd May 2022 in Whitechurch Cemetery, followed by A Service of Thanksgiving for Meta’s life at 12.30pm in Ards Evangelical Church, Loughries. No flowers please by request. Donations in memory of Meta, if desired, may be made payable to either Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital (Cardiff) or Waakisa Ministries c/o Adair Funeral Directors, 78 Main Street, Ballywalter BT22 2PJ. Our hearts are broken at her sudden passing but we have the steadfast assurance of a final breath on earth and the next in Heaven. Precious memories of a wonderful lady we will never forget. Will be greatly missed by the entire family circle. “Absent from the body, present with the Lord.”

Andrews – Stanley, Called Home 17th May 2022, peacefully, at Beverly Lodge Nursing Home, Newtownards, formally of High Street, Ballyhalbert. Dearly loved husband of June, adored father of Stanley, Sharon and Gary, highly respected father-in-law of Maureen, Noel and Rebecca, devoted grandfather and great-grandfather. A Service of Thanksgiving for Stanley’s life will be held at 10.30am on Friday 20th May 2022 in Adair Funeral Home, followed by committal in Movilla Cemetery at 12 noon. Family flowers only please. Donations in memory of Stanley, if desired, may be made payable to the Alzheimer’s Society c/o Adair Funeral Directors, 78 Main Street, Ballywalter BT22 2PJ. Will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by his family and friends. “Redeemed by the precious blood of Christ.”

Winter – John, 2nd May 2022, peacefully, at home, late of Dunleath Drive, Ballywalter. Beloved husband of the late Lucille, father of Sean, step-father to William, dear brother of Margaret, highly respected brother-in-law of Billy, adored uncle of Sarah and Lindsay, loving grandfather of Janet, Beth, Adam, Josh and Emma. A Service of Thanksgiving for John’s life will be held at 10.30am on Saturday 7th May 2022 in Holy Trinity Parish Church, Ballywalter, followed by committal in Clandeboye Cemetery at 12 noon. No flowers please by request. Donations in memory of John, 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 all his family and friends. “At Peace.”

McMaster – Margaret (née Bentham), Called Home – 1st May 2022, peacefully, her loving family by her side, late of Shore Road, Ballyhalbert. Beloved wife of Winston, adored mum, sister, aunt, granny and friend. Following a committal in Ballyhalbert Family Burial Ground on Thursday 5th May 2022 at 12 noon, a warm invitation is extended to join the family, for refreshments, at Ballywalter Bowling Club from 12.30pm. No flowers please by request. Donations in memory of Margaret, 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. “The Lord is my Shepherd.”

Hodge – Andrea (née Cooke), 15th April 2022, peacefully, at Downe Hospital, aged 76 years, her loving family by her side, late of Lecale Lodge Care Home, Downpatrick, formerly of Bangor. Dearly loved sister of Denise, adored aunt of Natasha and David, Paul and Cat and Rebecca and Steve, great-aunt to Cameron, Alexandra, Daisy, Charlie, Alexander, James, Justin and Calley. Funeral arrangements private. No flowers please by request. Will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered. “At Peace.”

Henderson – Richard (Docky), 25th March 2022, suddenly but peacefully, his loving family by his side, late of Main Street, Ballywalter. Dearly loved husband of Sandra, devoted dad of Karl and Craig. A Service of Thanksgiving for Richard’s life will be held at 10.00am on Tuesday 29th March 2022 in Holy Trinity Parish Church, Ballywalter, followed by committal in Whitechurch Cemetery at 11.00am. House private. No flowers please by request. Donations in memory of Richard, if desired, may be made payable to the McDermott Unit – Ulster Hospital c/o Adair Funeral Directors, 78 Main Street, Ballywalter BT22 2PJ. Will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered. “Just beyond the rainbow, there is a much missed husband and dad. Just beyond the rainbow, is where we shall meet again.”

Turkington (née Minnis) – Frances Patricia (Trisha), 10th March 2022, peacefully, at home, her loving family by her side, late of Whitechurch Road, Ballywalter. Beloved wife of Tom, dearly loved mum of Wendy and Pauline, highly respected mother-in-law of Mark, devoted grannie of Thomas and Gemma. House and funeral arrangements strictly private honouring Trisha’s personal wishes. No flowers please by request. Donations in memory of Trisha, if desired, may be made payable to Dementia NI c/o Adair Funeral Directors, 78 Main Street, Ballywalter BT22 2PJ. Will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered. “The Lord’s My Shepherd.”

Heaybourne – Richard Noel, passed away and called home, peacefully, in hospital, on the 18th February 2022, late of Ballycastle Road, Newtownards. Dearly loved husband of Jeananna, much loved father of Richard-John, Elizabeth-Ann and Jenny and adored papa of Nathan, Travis, Becca and great-grandson Dalton. Family home strictly private and by invitation only. A Service of Thanksgiving for Richard Noel’s life will be held at 11.00am on Tuesday 1st March 2022 in Adair Funeral Home, followed by committal in Whitechurch Cemetery, Ballywalter at 12 noon. Covid-19 Guidelines will apply. Family flowers only please. Donations in memory of Richard Noel, 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.

McCormick – Irene (née Cairns), 19th February 2022, peacefully, late of Grange Road, Bangor. Dearly loved wife of Wallace, much loved mother of Pauline and Mark, highly respected mother-in-law of Jim and Veronica and adored granny of Mia. A Service of Thanksgiving for Irene’s life will be held at 1.00pm on Wednesday 2nd March 2022 in Carnalea Methodist Church. Family flowers only please. Donations in memory of Irene, if desired, may be made payable directly to Assisi Animal Sanctuary, 1 Old Belfast Road, Conlig BT23 7PU. Lovingly remembered and sadly missed by all her family.

Richard – Elizabeth, 16th February 2022, late of Ballyhalbert. Devoted mother of the late Lilian. Funeral arrangements strictly private. “At peace.”

1 2 3 19

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."