Jean Carson 1921-2011

dsc00032My mother, Jean Carson, died today. For all of her 90 years, apart from the past 7 months in a nursing home in Portadown, she lived in Larne, Co. Antrim. She was born and raised at Larne Harbour, one of Jack and Rosena McClean’s six children. She is survived by her brother, Billy McClean (Larne) and her sister, Rose McBride (Sydney, Australia).

In 1939, as an eighteen year-old girl, she committed her life to Jesus Christ, and that commitment was the enduring and dominant feature of her life. She married my father, Willie, in 1950. My father came from Waringstown, Co Down, and following their marriage he worked at the linen factory at Millbrook, just outside Larne, and then for over 20 years he was the Parks Superintendant in Larne Borough Council.

As young people, my mother and father had met at meetings held in the Ulster Temple, Ravenhill Road, Belfast. Both were members of the Elim Church, and for a lifetime they worshipped in the Elim Church in Larne where my father was an elder. In recent years my mother belonged to the fellowship that meets at Larne Mission Hall. She began her working life in The Cash Drapery in Larne, then in Tweedy Acheson’s, and for a number of years worked in Joseph Semple’s drapery shop on Main Street. She loved her home town and lived all her married life in the same house in Kent Avenue.

Today I give thanks to Almighty God for the memory of a good and godly mother.

22 Replies to “Jean Carson 1921-2011”

  1. Brother,
    May the God of peace give you the sthrength needed for these days. It’s a sore thing losing your mum but you know her vhope was firm in the One who gave his life on her behalf at Calvary. Dying in him to go to be with him is the ultimate in experiences. It’s we who are left who feel the pain.


  2. Hey Stafford, Keith Anderson from your old parish. My thoughts are with you are your family.

  3. Stafford
    So sorry to hear of your loss – Isobel joins me in sending our condolences.

  4. So sorry to hear of your loss, may the Lord God give you strength in the days to come and may your family feel his love close to them.

  5. Dear Stafford,
    So sorry about your mum’s death.
    Yet gratitude shines through the sorrow.
    May this grace continue with all of you
    as you grieve together in the days ahead.
    in Christ,

  6. Stafford so sorry to hear that your Mother has gone to be with her Saviour it will be a great day when we will all meet again with all those that have gone on before and with Christ in Heaven never more to part. God Bless You and All the Family Circle.

  7. Words seem so inadequate, but may Patricia, Sara, Luke, Ruth and you know the peace of God which passes all understanding, our love and our prayers!

  8. Stafford,
    I was very sorry to learn about your mother this morning.I know that she bore her illness with fortitude and grace and I always found my chats with her in Lisgarel so encouraging.She always had you in her thoughts and prayers
    particularly with all the recent responsibility that you have bourne.Please pass on my condolences to uncle Billy.

  9. sorry to hear of your loss; may the Lord bless and comfort you during this difficult time

  10. Pastor Carson,
    I was so sorry to read about your Mother this morning. My prayers are with you, and your family.
    Sean Murphy.
    Boston U.S.A

  11. Sorry to hear of your sad loss, thinking of you at this time, what a wonderful testimony to your mum above.

  12. Sorry to read of the loss of your Mum. Although she’s in glory and you give thanks for her, such loss brings naturally grief and pain. Be assured of my prayers.

  13. Meta joins me in sending you our prayerful good wishes at this sad time.
    Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord. Hence for them, it is better by far. God bless.

  14. What a privilege to have met your mother. A number of years back at my request she came and shared her testimony with my bible class in Larne Mission Hall. I never have met a woman who held her husband in such high regard and she shared this with the young people. She was a most capable speaker and a prayer warrior. I never had the opportunity to meet your father but from what she shared you have been blessed with tremendously Godly parents. I’m sure sometimes you feel the responsiblity (For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required) Thinking of you at this time of sad loss, but rejoicing that her name is in the Lamb’s book of life.

  15. Stafford,

    Sorry to (belatedly) hear about the death of your mother. The loss of a parent, at any age, is really tough. Thinking of you and your family.



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