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PETHARD, Elsie Mary (1891-1970)

Our prayerful sympathy with all the family, especially her sister Emily Ballard and her brother William Hardiman.  This gallant soul, who helped many by her indomitable faith and cheerful courage, has now passed, we believe, to the realm of light where pain and sorrow are no more.  The loss of her son, Douglas drowned on holiday in Austria in the 1930s, left an indelible mark of suffering on her life.  Her husband Jack, churchwarden for many years, also died comparatively young, and she was left along, though not without many friends, and was much beloved by her nephews and nieces.  An energetic worker for the Church in earlier days, she became crippled with arthritis, but would not allow herself to give way.  Sacrament and prayer sustained her strong confidence in God.

Published in the November 1970 Parish Magazine.