Belfast Telegraph

Funeral service for Peg Nelson who dies aged 104

By Staff Reporter

Mourners yesterday attended the funeral of Margaret (Peg) Taylor Nelson at Roselawn Crematorium in Belfast.

Mrs Nelson died aged 104 in Cushendun on September 6.

Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph earlier this week, her niece Kerry Goyer said: "My Aunt Margaret - or Peg as she was known - had a great sense of fun and a great sense of style.

"She didn't have a lot of money but she had a natural elegance, good taste and good humour.

"To visit her and be in her company was just lovely.

"She was tall and remarkably beautiful, with so many stories."

Although born in Belfast, Mrs Nelson spent her early years in Cushendun, where she learned to speak Irish, but returned to the city where she met her future husband and moved with him to Canada.

She also worked as a clerical officer in the planning department of the Short and Harland factory for 20 years, earning money to put her son Blaise through school.

Ms Goyer said: "She was such a hard worker and in fact worked right up into her 70s, because that was what she wanted to do.

"She wanted to be able to travel and keep in contact with her family in Canada and did that right up until she was well into her 80s.

"The last seven years of her life were spent in the Glendun Nursing home, where she was so well looked after and loved."

"I feel so privileged to have had my Aunt Peg in my life, to have heard to have heard all her wonderful stories and I, like so many others, will greatly miss her," said Ms Goyer, a director of the Cushendun Buildings Preservation trust.

Mrs Nelson's family paid tribute to the care she had received from the staff of Glendun Nursing Home.

They offered their "utmost gratitude and thanks" for the home's "exceptional care and love of Peg for the last seven years".

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