Much sadness has been expressed following the death of Isabella Jane (Jean) Coulter on January 13, 2017 at her home in Glassmullagh, Derrylin.
Jean was born on November 16, 1935 to her late parents Richard and May Magee of Druminiskill, Derrylin.
Following her education in Teemore Primary and the Collegiate Grammar School, Jean pursued her nursing career in 1954 and trained as a S.R.N in the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast.
In April 1959 Jean married Robert (Bob) and set up home in Glassmullagh. They had six children David (Lorna), Helen (Jim), Kenneth (Lettie), Ian (Elaine), Janet (Peter), Nigel (Karen), 15 grandchildren and one great grandchild.
Jean was an avid reader and she created many beautiful watercolours. Over the years she hand-knit many jumpers as well as little hats and toys for various organisations.
Jean enjoyed puzzles, word games and in particular Scrabble with her grandchildren.
She had the opportunity to travel many times to Canada and Wales to visit her family. A dream vacation was Jersey which she really enjoyed, also parts of England and Scotland, but she was always happy to return home to Glassmullagh.
Despite Jean’s two year battle with cancer, she faced it with great courage and a positive attitude.
Her love for gardening continued during this time and she especially took great pride in her home grown produce. Family looked forward to receiving pots of strawberry jam, chutneys, beetroots and rhubarb tarts.
Jean was predeceased by her husband Bob in 2011 and also by her brother Richard (Dickie) Australia in 1993. She is survived by her sister Betty, brothers Billy and Victor, sisters-in-law Vera and Heather and also wider family circle.
A service of thanksgiving for Jean’s life was held at Derrylin Parish Church on Sunday, January 15 and was conducted by the Rev. Tanya Woods and the Rev. Hazel Hicks.
The funeral arrangements were carried out by Noel Robinson of Dowler’s Funeral Services, Lisnaskea.