James – Gwen, 23rd October 2018, suddenly at home, late of Strand Park, Ballywalter. Deeply loved daughter of Elizabeth (Lilia), devoted wife of the late Philip, loving and dearly loved mum of Julie and Elizabeth, cherished sister, nana and friend. A Service of Thanksgiving for Gwen’s life will be held at 2.00pm on Tuesday 30th October 2018 in Roselawn Crematorium. No flowers please by request. Donations in memory of Gwen, if desired, may be made payable to Assisi Animal Sanctuary c/o Adair Funeral Directors, 78 Main Street, Ballywalter BT22 2PJ. “God called your name so softly, that only you could hear, and no-one heard the footsteps of the Angels drawing near. It broke our hearts to lose you but you did not go alone, for part of us went with you, the day God called you home.”

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."