Mrs. Lorna Scott (nee Siberry) formerly of Churchhill, Enniskillen passed away aged 98 on November 2, 2019 in the care of St James Lodge Nursing Home, Ballymoney, Co Antrim.

Lorna was the eldest daughter of Bertie Siberry, farmer and cattle dealer, Moneenum, Glencar, Co Leitrim and his wife Lily, nee Moffitt from Monesk, Co Cavan. Bertie and Lily had four children Jim, Lorna, Nancy and Ken.

After leaving school Lorna went to work in Tweedy Acheson’s Drapery store, Larne, Co Antrim followed by Wesley J Elliott’s Drapery store in Enniskillen. Whilst working there she met Walter Scott who at that time was working for his uncle, John Scott in his grocery store in Enniskillen. Walter and Lorna were married on September 24, 1947 and went to live in Westville Terrace, Enniskillen where their daughter Sandra was born. In 1950 the family moved to the Old Dispensary in Church Hill where the remainder of their family Shirley, Brian and Edwin were born.

Walter, with the assistance of Lorna, operated a country store in Church Hill selling groceries, animal feed, oil, coal etc. including deliveries to local farmers and households. Later, Walter and Lorna built their new home on a site between the Old Dispensary and the Methodist Manse in Church Hill.

As the family grew up Lorna turned their home into a guest house providing bed, breakfast and evening meals for tourists enjoying the beauty of Fermanagh. Lorna did a spell of Auxiliary Nursing in the Erne Hospital, Enniskillen in the 1970s. Some years later she took over the running of the Post Office in Church Hill which she operated from her home.

Lorna’s husband Walter died in 1991 but she continued to live in Church Hill until December 2005 when she moved to the Covenanter Flats in Ballymoney to be closer to her family.

This was a huge decision for her to make considering her involvement with the Methodist Church and the many good friends she had made in the Church Hill, Derrygonnelly, Springfield and Enniskillen areas over the years. However, Lorna soon made friends in Ballymoney and attended Ballymoney Methodist Church where she made many more friends. During Lorna’s years in the Covenanter Flats she was one of the oldest residents but despite that took it upon herself to cook and care for others she felt were less able to fend for themselves. Giving to others was a very important part of her life and an expression of her strong Christian values.

Lorna’s long life brought its share of sadness. In 1972 her son- in- law Raymond Carroll, a young Police Officer in the Royal Ulster Constabulary was killed by terrorists in Belfast less than a year after his marriage to her daughter Shirley. Then in 2009, Shirley died at 58 years of age.

Lorna enjoyed good health throughout her long life up until December 2016 when she had a fall and suffered a fracture. Being no longer able to fend for herself in the Covenanter Flats and requiring active nursing attention, following the onset of Dementia, she was admitted to St James Lodge Nursing Home in February 2017.

Attendance of Church and involvement in all associated matters played a large part in Lorna’s life. A lifelong Methodist, as her family had been for generations, was something very special to her.

Lorna was a member of the Methodist Women’s Association. the Leaders Board, the choir and prayer groups. Living next door to the Methodist Manse meant that she became a close friend of the many Methodist ministers, their wives and families who lived there during her fifty five years in Church Hill.

Lorna was predeceased by her husband Walter, daughter Shirley, brothers Jim and Ken, sister Nancy Elliott, step brothers George, Derek and Ken Stephenson and step sister Norma Edgar who passed away on October 13 past, aged 91.

Lorna’s well attended funeral service was held in Church Hill Methodist Church on the November 5, 2019 and was conducted by Rev. Tommy Stephenson assisted by Mr Roy Dreaning. Burial was in Devenish Parish Church, Monea. Mr Ronnie Strong, Ballymoney conducted a short service on the morning of the funeral prior to Lorna’s remains leaving Dervock for Church Hill.

Lorna is survived by her daughter Sandra (Cyril), sons Brian (Betty), Edwin (Doreen), son in law David (Denise) grandchildren, great grandchildren and a great great grandchild.

The funeral arrangements were carried out by Mr Austen Stinson, WT Morrison Funeral Directors, Enniskillen.