Cattle breeder killed by cow 'devoted life to others'
Mourners at the funeral of well-known Co Armagh cattle breeder Thelma Gorman, who died in a farm accident involving a cow last Friday, heard how she had devoted her life to her family, farming and helping others.
Rev David McMillan led the funeral service yesterday at Armagh Free Presbyterian Church, telling mourners that Mrs Gorman (67) "lived life to the full" and had been just days away from celebrating her 46th wedding anniversary with the "love of her life" Peter.
The devoted couple had planned to celebrate the date by going on a cruise together.
Mrs Gorman's working life was busy as she was a nurse by profession, while maintaining a lifelong devotion to cattle farming.
Her nursing career took her across Northern Ireland, including to Campbell College in Belfast, where she served as Matron of Boarders.
Rev McMillan told mourners that during the Troubles she had also fought to save the life of her uncle Joe Reid, a lance corporal in the UDR, who was shot on his doorstep by the IRA on August 31, 1975.
"Thelma was the first on the scene, administering first aid and the kiss of life, but tragically Joe died in Thelma's arms that day, something she never forgot," he said.
Turning to her farming life, he added: She was brought up on the farm on the Kilcreevy Road and she farmed all her life, and she died on the farm doing what she loved the most."