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Childhood sweetheart Ruth was comedian Frank Carson's rock

Ruth Carson (87) was the widow of the comedian and entertainer the late Frank Carson, whom she married in 1950.

Mrs Carson (nee Campbell) was born on April 11, 1927 in a small house in Walbeck Street, off the lower Antrim Road in Belfast.

Her father John worked in the docks and her mother Masie was from Balbriggan near Dublin. Ruth was the eldest child of a family of five girls and four boys.

She attended a convent school on the Crumlin Road until she was 14, and, like many of her contemporaries, worked in the Gallaher's tobacco factory.

However, she left her factory job when she married her childhood sweetheart Frank. They first set up home in Belfast at Beechmount Avenue, off the Falls Road.

Later they moved to Stratheden Street in the New Lodge area, where their three children Majella, Tony and Aidan were born.

Frank worked part-time as an entertainer undertaking many different engagements in Northern Ireland, and later - after a breakthrough appearance on national television - he developed a major career as a comedian. His career took him to England full-time, and he and Ruth set up home at Aughton Green, near Liverpool, then Blackpool, and later St John's Wood in London. They returned to Ireland and lived for 10 years in Balbriggan, but Frank's continually successful career in the UK brought them back to live again in Blackpool before he died in 2012.

Ruth's funeral service was held in St Patrick's Church in Donegall Street, Belfast.

She is survived by her children, 10 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and wider family circle.

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