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M1 crash victim Maureen Buchanan funeral: 'She was like sunshine, she brightened everyone up and warmth radiated from her'

The grandchildren of an 80-year-old woman, who died in a crash on the M1, have paid tribute to their "patient and warm" grandmother who was "like sunshine" as her funeral took place in Belfast.

Maureen Buchanan (80) was travelling to Newry for a church ladies' weekend with three friends when they were involved in a six-vehicle collision on the motorway between Moira and Lurgan.

Her service took place at Bloomfield Presbyterian Church at 1.30pm on Thursday.

As over 300 arrived at the church in east Belfast, a brass band played in front of her coffin which was covered in daffodils.

The Rev Frank Sellar read an affectionate eulogy about Maureen, who had been involved in the church all her life.

He said: "Dear mum, mum in law, nana, sister and friend; Mrs Maureen Buchanan.

"This day last week little did we anticipate being here today for this event.

"Today we are allowed to cry, they will be tears of sorrow for ourselves, not for Maureen."

"If you had the chance,what would you like said about you once you were gone? A most wonderful Godly lady and she lived to serve others. Those are just two of the headlines that have been in the newspapers this past week.

"Every person here this afternoon will have their own specific and personal memories of Maureen."

During the service, Rev Sellar told stories of her life with her late husband David, their two children Peter and Lynn and grandchildren Hollie and Jonathan.

Rev Sellar read tributes from her family. Her granddaughter Hollie said: "Nana was like sunshine, she brightened everyone up and warmth radiated from her."

Her grandson Jonathan, who now lives in Australia, added: "Nana would always tell me how proud she was of me, she was patient but could still be strict if needs be and of course she was always a little posh."

Maureen had been involved in the church throughout her life. She had been in the choir for almost 40 years, was the past president of the the social committee and had organised the church flowers for decades.

Rev Sellar added: "The church will miss Maureen a lot. It is for her faithfulness and prayer that we will miss her the most. She was a prayer warrior."

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