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Niece's tribute as 'beautiful' aunt Margaret Taylor Nelson dies at 104

By Donna Deeney

Warm tributes have been paid to one of Northern Ireland's oldest citizens, who has passed away aged 104.

Margaret Taylor Nelson - who was born in Belfast but spent much of her life in Canada and Cushendun - will be best remembered for beauty, style, elegance and wonderful stories by her niece, Kerry Goyer.

Mrs Nelson died in Cushendun last Wednesday, September 6.

Ms Goyer told the Belfast Telegraph she adored time spent in her aunt's company hearing the tales of her earlier days.

"My aunt Margaret - or Peg as she was known - had a great sense of fun and a great sense of style," Ms Goyer recalls.

"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, but returned to the city where she met her future husband and moved with him to Canada.

Ms Goyer continued: "After she met her husband, William La'Coste Nelson, they married in 1936, moved to Canada and two years later welcomed their son Blaise into the world.

"Bill's career as a Merchant Navy captain took them on many travel adventures. In 1948, the family relocated to Montreal, Canada for four years.

"The pensions in the Merchant Navy in those days were not good - in fact I don't think my aunt Peg got a pension - so she went from being quite well off in Canada to coming back home and needing to get a job.

"She 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.

"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 all her wonderful stories and I, like so many others, will greatly miss her."

Mrs Nelson's remains will leave The Curragh, Cushendun, for cremation at Roselawn, Belfast, at 1pm this Friday.

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