Pickering – Margaret, 10th July 2021, peacefully, at Marie Curie Hospice, her loving family by her side, late of Moyle Hill, Ballywalter. Beloved wife of Edward, deeply loved mum of Colleen and Edward, highly respected mother-in-law of Derek and Mary-Catherine, devoted granny to Finn and Jack, cherished sister, aunt and friend. A Service of Thanksgiving for Margaret’s life will be held at 10.00 am on Friday 16th July 2021 in Holy Trinity Parish Church, Ballywalter, followed by committal in Whitechurch Cemetery. Sadly, in order to adhere to current Government Covid-19 Guidelines the number of attendees permitted access will be limited. No flowers please by request. Donations in memory of Margaret, if desired, may be made payable to Holy Trinity Parish Church c/o Adair Funeral Directors, 78 Main Street, Ballywalter BT22 2PJ. “Your restless days are over, your sleepless nights are past. God put His arms around you and gave you peace at last.”

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."