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Waringstown woman recognised by Queen for work with children passes away

A Waringstown woman who was recognised by the Queen for her work supporting children and families across the Upper Bann area has passed.

Joan Thelma Green BEM passed away peacefully at Lurgan Hospital on Monday.

The 85-year-old was the devoted wife of the late Robert (Bob) and much-loved mother of Elaine and Robert.

Mrs Green dedicated her life’s work to helping others, in particular at Home-Start in Craigavon, where she continued to work into her eighties, despite officially retiring some years before.

In 2017, she was award a British Empire Medal (BEM) for services to children and families in Northern Ireland; an award she was deeply proud of – a bittersweet moment having lost her husband the year before.

Joan and her late husband spent many happy years living in Waringstown, having moved to the area from Yorkshire, in 1980.

Joan also dedicated 60 of her many years to nursing and worked as a health visitor, as well as in school health and child protection.

Mrs Green’s funeral from her late home 29 Magherana Park, Waringstown on Thursday at 11.15am for service in Holy Trinity Church Waringstown at 12 noon followed by committal in adjoining Churchyard.

Church seating will be restricted in accordance with Covid-19 guidelines. House strictly private.

Family flowers only please. Donations in lieu of flowers, if desired, may be sent to Spiers Funeral Service, The School, 32 Kilnhill Road, Ballyward BT31 9TN for the Southern Area Hospice.

Deeply regretted and sadly missed by the entire family circle.

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