A SERVICE of thanksgiving and praise took place at St Thomas’s Church, Garstang, for the life, the work and witness of Isabel Coulter Mackie.
Isabel was born in Glasgow in 1923 and educated as a dental surgeon at the Glasgow School of Dentistry.
Her late husband, George, was a veterinary surgeon in Garstang and they met when Isabel was visiting her aunts in the town, Peggy and Jess, who owned and ran the Wyre Cafe on Bridge Street.
This romance culminated in their marriage at Marlborough House, Glasgow, in 1950.
Canon Ron Greenall, who gave the address at the thanksgiving and memorial service spoke of Isabel’s work in and for the local community over the last 60 years as being “almost legendary”.
As well as being a member of the Young Wives group and the Mothers’ Union at St Thomas’s, she had also been one time Guide leader, together with Elaine Gornall when the Garstang Guide HQ was the vicar’s stable next to church.
She served as a school governor of St Thomas’s over decades and often accompanied the annual school holidays to Butlin’s.
A founder member of Garstang Wine Circle, she never lost her enjoyment of a glass of red merlot.
Isabel was an active member of the arts centre, a keen bridge player and a WRVS member, helping to deliver and serve meals on wheels and assisting with the blood donor sessions.
As an inaugural member of Garstang Abbeyfield Society she stood in from time to time as cook, even though she herself was a pensioner.
Isabel was an active supporter of the Cheshire Homes the local branch of the RNLI and also the charity that is now Scope.
She was also very proud and very active with her children, Iain and twins Alisdair and Lindsay, and grandchildren.
Her twin sister, Jaye, moved to Garstang some years ago and is now living in Bowgreave.
After a short family tribute from daughter Lindsay, Canon Ron said: “Isabel had a very perceptive and active mind.
“She was a practical and hard working lady all her life and always prepared to befriend and help people and causes.
“Rightly we gather here today to give thanks for her work, worship and witness in this community in so many ways for well over half a century.”