EDENDERRY Methodist Church was packed as mourners gathered to pay their respects to Mrs Sarah(Tiny) Robinson who died after a long struggle with ill health.
Mrs Robinson, who was 88, had given a lifetime of service to the church, having been an officer in the Girls’ Brigade and a devoted member of the church choir and the Women’s Fellowship Choir.
And she was held in such high regard that she later became president of the Old Girls’ Association.
As circuit steward Mrs Myrtle Wright said in a glowing tribute to Mrs Robinson, that she may have had the name ‘Tiny’ – she was the last of a family of 12 and was small in stature – but she was big-hearted and devoted her life to her family and her church – “a wonderful, caring, kind-hearted lady who spent her life thinking of others”.
Mrs Robinson had been widowed for more than 30 years but she faced the difficult years without her husband Richard with the same fortitude and courage that had been the hallmark of her life, her mother having died when Tiny was only 13.
She made many sacrifices so that her three daughters, Edwina(Livingstone), Jeanette(Carson) and Margaret(Baird) were cared for and she is remembered with fondness at her various workplaces, especially the Schools Meals Service at Edenderry and later at the Southern Regional College canteen at Lurgan Road.
Daughter Margaret spoke movingly of a wonderful mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and said the family home at Lurgan Road was filled with photographs that reflected the love she had for her family.
Margaret thanked everyone who cared for her mother in recent months, mentioning the doctors, care workers and neighbours and said the family was greatly touched by the messages of sympathy.
The huge attendance at the funeral spoke volumes of the respect in which Mrs Robinson, and indeed the entire Robinson family, is held and the mourners included Mrs Margaret Johnston, who as Margaret Medlow, was Tiny’s bridesmaid 60 years ago.
Also there to pay his respects was former Edenderry minister, the Rev. David Clements, now at Carrickfergus, and the Rev. Terence Cadden, rector of Seagoe Parish. And joining in the tributes to Mrs Robinson was Edenderry’s recently installed minister, the Rev Aian Ferguson.
Readings were by grandsons Alastair Baird and David Livingstone.
Mrs Robinson had requested that her chosen hymns were sung loudly – and the congregation, led by organist Ryan Harris, didn’t disappoint her, raising the roof in tribute to a real, wee lady who will be remembered with love and gratitude by everyone she knew.
Donations in lieu of flowers are to the Kamatungu School for Deaf, c/o Joseph Poots funeral director Bridge Street, Portadown – Helen Moorhead of the Edenderry Methodist Church worked there for a time and the school was close to Mrs Robinson’s heart.