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Ballymena's ex-mayoress Elizabeth Coulter dies aged 87 after illness

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John Coulter with his mum Mrs Elizabeth Coulter
John Coulter with his mum Mrs Elizabeth Coulter

Mrs Elizabeth Coulter, Mayoress of Ballymena from 1993-96, has died after a long illness. She was 87.

She was the widow of the late Rev Dr Robert James Coulter, a former Mayor of Ballymena and a North Antrim Ulster Unionist Party member.

She was educated at Ballylinney Primary School, and when the family moved to Dundonald she attended the local primary school, and later graduated from the Belfast Secretarial College.

She married "Bobby" Coulter, a young evangelist, in 1956. He became a Presbyterian minister in Westbourne and then Clough, Co Antrim. Her son John said: "One of her greatest attributes was her gift as a 'people person'. She took genuine delight in meeting people from all walks of life. She possessed the confidence and ability to treat everyone equally with courtesy."

When her husband entered politics in 1985 as a UUP member of Ballymena Borough Council, she became a dedicated constituency worker.

There was a large attendance at her Thanksgiving Service yesterday at Clough. She is survived by her son John, daughter Elizabeth, daughter-in-law Sharon, son-in-law Nick, grandsons Daniel and Adam, and grand-daughter Agnes.

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