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Funeral for ex-policewoman and RUC welfare champion Joyce Crossan

The funeral will take place in Co Armagh today of retired RUC officer Joyce Crossan
The funeral will take place in Co Armagh today of retired RUC officer Joyce Crossan
Lauren Harte

By Lauren Harte

The funeral will take place in Co Armagh today of retired RUC officer Joyce Crossan.

Mrs Crossan, who served in the force for 31 years, died peacefully on Christmas Day.

The mother-of-one from Gilford devoted her life to help wounded police colleagues, their families and carers.

She was awarded an MBE in the New Year's Honours List in 2009 in recognition of her service to the public, having been nominated by the RUC George Cross Foundation.

Originally from Dungannon, Mrs Crossan joined the police in 1970, fulfilling a wish she had held since she was a young girl.

She began her career in Belfast, before moving to Armagh and then to Portadown, where she was stationed from 1975 to 1980.

After her time in Portadown she was transferred to Lurgan station, where she spent the remainder of her career with the force, including a brief period in Brownlow station shortly before it was bombed in 1991.

Mrs Crossan had also been central to police welfare support in the Lurgan area for many years.

Eighteen RUC officers were murdered by terrorists in the Lurgan policing district.

Colleagues said that during those difficult and challenging years Mrs Crossan was often found in the homes of murdered, injured or intimidated officers providing much-needed welfare support and displaying compassion, initiative and common sense.

She became an active member of the Lurgan Voluntary Welfare Support Group in 1996, and on her retirement in 2002 she was appointed honorary secretary.

Mrs Crossan is survived by her husband Eric, son Rodney, daughter-in-law Sally-Ann and grandchildren Joseph and Alfie.

Her funeral service will take place at 1pm today at Newmills Presbyterian Church, Portadown, followed by interment in the adjoining burial ground.

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