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Funeral held for mother-of-four Siobhan Crothers who died on holiday

Mum-of-four 'part of the fabric of community'

By Angela Rainey

A devoted mother-of-four from Co Down, who died suddenly while on holiday, has been remembered as an "important part of the fabric" of her community.

Siobhan Crothers (52), from Crossgar, died while on holiday in France on August 18.

It is understood that she had been in the country just two days when she passed away.

Siobhan, a credit control manager at Crossgar Foodservice, had been in France to visit her brother Declan McCormick.

The cause of her death has not been confirmed.

Final farewells were said at requiem mass at the Church of the Immaculate Conception yesterday and at St Joseph, Crossgar.

Fr Don Kettle described Mrs Crothers as a valuable member of her community, a woman who was well loved, popular and well-known having lived in the area her whole life.

"Siobhan was part of the fabric of Crossgar community," he said.

"She lived and worked here all her life. Crossgar was important to Siobhan and she was important to Crossgar.

"She was friendly and she always had time for everyone."

Mourners also heard how proud she was of her children and how son Ciaran had recently embarked on a 6,000km charity cycle through 10 European countries to raise money for Save The Children.

Siobhan was later laid to rest at the Holy Family Cemetery in Teoconnaught.

News of her sudden passing stunned members of her family and the Crossgar community and tributes and condolences flooded in online from people around the world, including Sydney, Australia, where her daughter Imogen lives.

In an online post, Imogen paid tribute to the charity Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust as it assisted the family in bringing Mrs Crothers' remains home.

She said: "Thank you all for your kind and warm wishes.

"You may not know but unfortunately my mum passed away in France and there is a very noble charity that not only looked after the paperwork but also paid for us to bring our mum home!

"So we ask if you would like to buy flowers for the funeral, we ask instead that you donate to this charity."

Imogen also thanked the whole community for the support they have shown to her family in a post on Facebook.

"On behalf of our whole family I would like to thank everyone for the support through this difficult time," she wrote.

Siobhan is survived by her husband Martin and children Peter, Sophie, Ciaran and Imogen, who are left devastated by her death.

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