Bleary woman Mrs Aileen Wright has died after a long and determined fight against the debilitating condition scleroderma.
In her early 70s, Mrs Wright had suffered from the condition for a number of years, bravely facing the fact that it was terminal.
Two years ago, when the Portadown Times fought and won a campaign on her behalf, she explained that the conditional affected her skin, heart, lungs and kidneys, adding, “It’s a case of simply waiting for the end.”
Mrs Wright was born at Drumnamether, Tandragee, and was educated at Clare Primary School and Portadown College. Her favourite sport at the College was netball, with her height being a great asset to her team.
She had worked in Churchill House, Belfast, (Imperial Civil Service) until her marriage, after which she moved to Barrow-in-Furness. Then she returned to Tandragee, and then to Bleary, when she joined the library service.
She spent many years, until her retirement, on the mobile library van, helping the young and old of the various communities to choose books for leisure reading and for studies.
Her interests included Ballymore Mothers’ Union, the Tandragee Open Door Club and Tandragee Woman’s Institute. She was also a keen walker, taking part in international walks in Europe and was one of the leading ladies in the annual Mourne Wall Walks.
Mrs Wright was a talented needlewoman and was a member of the Ballymore Craft Club, providing numerous knitted dolls’ garments for their annual Christmas Fair which raised money for charities and missions.
In her younger days, she was a member of Clare Girls’ Brigade and kept in touch over the years with her Captain Mrs Weir. She will be remembered as a courageous woman who spoke her mind and battled adversity when faced by it.
She was a devoted, hard-working single mother who sacrificed so much for her three children, Paul, Melanie and Nicholas.
Mrs Wright was laid to rest in Ballymore Parish Churchyard after a service conducted by the Rector, Rev Shane Foster.
She will be sadly missed by her children, her wider family circle and by the Tandragee and Bleary communities to which she contributed so much.