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Mother's Day Grief

Mrs Mavis Rolston
Mavis Rolston

TRIBUTE TO MAVIS ROLSTON by Valerie Stewart

“I am the resurrection and the life,” says the Lord. “Those who believe in me, even though they die, yet shall they live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die”. John 11: 25-26

On Saturday 13 March, Mavis and I attended the first All-Ireland MU Council Meeting of the new All-Ireland President, Ruth Mercer, at Rathmines, Co Dublin. We had a most enjoyable day, as always happened when you were with Mavis. On the way home near Belturbet, and close to the Border, a most tragic accident occurred which claimed Mavis’ life.

Mavis was an incredible person, I have never heard a bad word spoken against her. Late, she may have been on occasions, but you always knew she would not let you down. She was a loyal member of the MU both in her home church of Garvary where she was branch secretary, in the Diocese where she acted as Social Concern representative. With her background as a social worker she was excellent in this post. She was particularly interested in the disabled and under-privileged.

Mavis always gave of her best on behalf of the MU. She was to read a lesson in Garvary Parish at Morning Prayer on 14 March (Mothers Day) and help distribute flowers.

She represented Clogher MU on the Faith and Policy Unit in Dublin and attended Diocesan Council and Trustee Body meetings in the Diocese.

Mavis had driven to St Patrick’s Armagh on the previous Sunday, 7 March, where we attended the Commissioning of Ruth Mercer.

This tribute is insufficient to cover all Mavis’ attributes. It is sufficient to say that MU in Ireland, and particularly in Clogher, will be the poorer without Mavis. We will always remember her wise words, kind actions and happy smile.