Mrs. Elizabeth May Carson, the much-loved wife of Cecil, devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, affectionately known to all her family and friends as Lily, passed away peacefully at her home, 4 Cloughcor Crescent, Lisbellaw on September 16, 2012, after a short illness.
Lily was born at Beagho, Lisbellaw on January 27, 1927, a daughter of the late Johnston and Mary Alicia Walker. She attended Lisbellaw primary school and after leaving school went to work in Taylor Woods.
In 1950, Lily met her future husband Cecil Carson; they were married in Lisbellaw Parish Church on September 2, 1952 and made their home at Tattymacall, Lisbellaw. A short time later they moved to Cloughcor Crescent.
During this time Lily and Cecil were blessed with the arrival of their first son Donald, followed by Trevor, Ian, David and Nigel. First and foremost for Lily were her family; she did everything for her children and they have said they could not have wished for a better mother.
In time she was blessed with her grandchildren and she loved them all greatly and was extremely proud of them. Lily looked after them when they were young and cared for all of them; she also enjoyed having her great-grandchildren visit.
Lily had a great passion for cooking, knitting, sewing, reading and gardening. When her family were grown up, she worked in Lisbellaw Primary School.
Lily could not do enough for other people no matter what task she undertook. She was such a loving caring person always looking after others, and nothing was too much for her. Having many of the family around her gave her immense pleasure and she will be greatly missed by her husband Cecil, to whom she was devoted, and by all her entire family circle.
Lily was a faithful member of Lisbellaw Parish Church, Mothers' Union and the Wednesday Club. She was a great asset to Cecil, helping out at the various functions of the Derryclavin Lodge. Lily was also one of the founding members of the Lisbellaw Credit Union.
Lily and Cecil loved to go on the different outings with these clubs. They loved to travel North and South of Ireland and enjoyed many holidays with their son Ian, daughter-in-law Caroline and grandson Christopher at their home in England.
Lily and Cecil celebrated their Diamond Wedding Anniversary on Sunday, September 2, 2012, with their family. They received a Wedding Blessing from the Rev. Canon Bryan Kerr and also received a card from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth congratulating them on their 60th Wedding Anniversary.
Lily's passing was a source of much sadness and a great loss to all her entire family circle, friends and neighbours.
The funeral took place after a service in Lisbellaw Parish Church, conducted by the Rev. Canon Bryan Kerr. The organist was Lynda Lindsay who played the Hymns "Nearer My God To Thee" "The Lord's My Shepherd" and "What a Friend We Have In Jesus". The burial took place in Tattygare Cemetery and Lisbellaw Mothers' Union provided tea in the Parish Hall.
Lily was pre-deceased by her late father Johnston, mother Mary Alicia, and brothers George and William. She is survived by her husband Cecil; sons and daughters-in-law - Donald (Sylvia), Trevor (Agnes), Ian (Caroline), David (Yvonne), and Nigel (Tanya). She also leaves her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nephews, nieces, cousins, a brother-in-law and sisters-in-law.
The funeral arrangements were carried out by Austen Stinson and staff of W.T. Morrison, Funeral Directors, Darling Street, Enniskillen.
Donations if desired are still being accepted to the Fermanagh branch of Marie Curie and the Alzheimer's Society c/o W.T. Morrison.