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Funeral for Tyrone mum Margaret White who died on cruise

By Allan Preston

The funeral has taken place of a Co Tyrone grandmother who died while on holiday.

Margaret White (64) from the village of Beragh died from septicaemia last Tuesday after travelling with her husband William for a river cruise in Slovakia.

During her funeral at Clogherney Presbyterian Church yesterday, the Rev Norman Smyth described her as a "warm, practical and spiritual woman".

He said Mrs White would be remembered by the church as "a lady who loved all the little children of our congregation by looking after the cradle roll and remembering their birthdays".

"Margaret was an integral part of our church life in general and we miss her deeply as a warm, practical and spiritual woman who loved her family and even more her Saviour," he told the congregation.

"Today the family express their gratitude to the whole community who gathered around to support them. They are thankful for all the individuals and groups who have met to pray for their strengthening."

Rev Whyte also recalled Mrs White's childhood in Castlecaulfield, her career working for Ulster Bank in Dungannon and for the family business Irwin & White.

"Margaret's favourite thing was to have large family gatherings, especially at such times as Christmas Eve, when she would be catering for some 30 people," he told the congregation.

"Her love of her family was served by her talents in baking and knitting, which were considerable."

Mrs White had been due to celebrate her 65th birthday this Sunday.

Her cousin Allan Rainey, an Ulster Unionist councillor for Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, called her "one of life's real ladies" and said it had been a traumatic experience for Mr White to travel home without her.

Three of his daughters travelled out to be at his side when he called to tell them their mother was ill.

Tragically on their journey there, their father was forced to call again to confirm their mother had passed away at a hospital in Bratislava.

One daughter returned home at this point while two continued out to accompany him on the difficult journey home.

Speaking earlier this week Mr Rainey said it had been "the most dreadful shock" for the family.

"It is the saddest possible outcome to what should have been a lovely occasion for Margaret and William," he said.

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