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David Trimble's mother-in-law dies after illness aged 97

By Rebecca Black

Published 23/09/2015

Daphne Trimble
Daphne Trimble

The life of the mother-in-law of former First Minister Lord Trimble will be remembered at a funeral service today.

Barbara Orr died last Thursday at the age of 97 following a long illness.

She is the mother of Lady Daphne Trimble, and is also survived by her other daughters Geraldine, Caroline and Judy.

Mrs Orr was from the Burren Road area of Warrenpoint, but had more recently been cared for at Carlingford Lodge Nursing Home.

A funeral service will take place for the great grandmother today at Warrenpoint Methodist Church before burial in the Methodist Cemetery, Bessbrook.

Lady Trimble met her husband David at Queen's University and the pair married in 1978 before going on to have two sons and two daughters.

Lord Trimble was leader of the Ulster Unionist Party and one of the key architects of the Good Friday Agreement before going on to become the first First Minister of the Assembly in 1998.

Lady Trimble is from an academic background and is also involved with the UUP.

She is president of the Ulster Women's Unionist Council and in 2010 unsuccessfully challenged sitting MP Jeffrey Donaldson in the Westminster elections.

The couple live in Lisburn but spend time in London where Lord Trimble takes an active role in the Lords.

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