Petrie-Armstrong – Irene, 7th March 2019, peacefully, at Ballymaconnell Private Nursing Home, Bangor, her loving family by her side, formerly of Stratheden Heights, Newtownards. Beloved wife of William (Billy), dearly loved mum of Treve, Toria, Alana and Adam, mother-in-law of Paul and cherished granny of Faith, Sophie and Jude. A Celebration for Irene’s life will be held at 12 noon on Wednesday 13th March 2019 in Roselawn Crematorium. No flowers please by request. Donations in memory of Irene, if desired, may be made directly to either Ballymaconnell Private Nursing Home or NI Chest, Heart & Stroke Association. Will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered. 

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."