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Funeral of Kingsmill victim's mum Bea Worton takes place

The funeral of victims' campaigner Bea Worton, who died on Friday at the age of 91, has taken place.

It was held at First Markethill Presbyterian Church in Armagh and was attended by her son Colin, who said his mother "had a long life, but not a very happy one" following his brother's death in the Kingsmill massacre.

Bea Worton
Bea Worton

Kenneth Worton (24) was shot dead alongside nine other Protestant workmen after the minibus they were in was stopped by the IRA near Whitecross in Co Armagh on January 5, 1976.

Mrs Worton died in hospital on Friday evening. Her son Colin said his mother was targeted by trolls during her work as a campaigner for the Kingsmill victims.

Colin Worton carries his mothers coffin. Colm Lenaghan /Pacemaker.
Colin Worton carries his mothers coffin. Colm Lenaghan /Pacemaker.

Colin said his mother was on a "dignified quest for truth and justice".

"Every family has to bury loved ones, but for a mother to hear of a child's death, and especially in the way that my mother's child died, was very hard for her," he said.

"But my mother carried on hoping to see justice for her son, and continued to attend the Kingsmill anniversary every year with family, Pastor Halliday and the late William Frazer, who were close personal friends.

The funeral of Beatrice Worton at 1st Markethill Presbyterian Church on Monday. Colm Lenaghan /Pacemaker.
The funeral of Beatrice Worton at 1st Markethill Presbyterian Church on Monday. Colm Lenaghan /Pacemaker.

"From the many people she met in her quest for justice, it seems to me that she was seeking justice from the unjust.

"Our great, great mother is at home with her Saviour now. Our loss here on earth is our mother's gain in heaven.

"No more pain, no more insults and no more sorrow.

The funeral of Beatrice Worton at 1st Markethill Presbyterian Church on Monday.
Colm Lenaghan /Pacemaker.
The funeral of Beatrice Worton at 1st Markethill Presbyterian Church on Monday. Colm Lenaghan /Pacemaker.

"She is at peace and one day she will receive the truth and justice that she so longed for. Our mother was, and indeed is, an inspiration. She was a legend. Words are truly not enough. She fought the good fight, trusted God. She is safe in the arms of Jesus."

DUP leader Arlene Foster said she met Mrs Worton on several occasions and was struck by her "compelling and powerful determination to get justice for her son".

"She was someone who became a campaigner out of necessity. I am so sorry she has passed away without justice for her son who was so brutally murdered at the Kingsmill massacre," Mrs Foster said.

Colin Worton said his mother, who he said was on a
Colin Worton said his mother, who he said was on a "dignified quest for truth and justice". Colm Lenaghan /Pacemaker.

Kenny Donaldson from the South East Fermanagh Foundation said Mrs Worton was "a special lady who inspired and who plucked the consciences of those who should know better and who must do better".

"Bea Worton carried her pain with immense dignity down the years," he said.

"She battled long and hard for justice and she was a constant in standing up for what is right -her tenacious spirit was admired by very many people."

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