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Funeral to take place of 'much loved and highly respected' teacher Marie McGuckin

Marie McGuckin, a mother-of-two from Ballinderry, passed away peacefully on Friday

THE funeral is due to take place today of a "much loved and highly respected" teacher, who was last night remembered for her "warmth and smile".

Marie McGuckin, a mother-of-two from Ballinderry, passed away peacefully at home on Friday following an illness.

St Patrick's College, Maghera, where she was the head of geography, paid tribute to an "esteemed colleague and friend" adding that the school community was heartbroken" by her death.

Tributes were also paid by St Columba's College, Portaferry, which said Ms McGuckin had "made an outstanding contribution to the college in her roles as head of geography and form teacher".

"She was a dedicated, caring and inspirational teacher and friend," it said.

"She maintained contact with many former colleagues and always spoke very fondly of the happy years she spent in St Columba's.

Edendork GAC also wrote on social media that Ms McGuckin was a "lovely caring girl" who was "modest and humble".

The club described her as devoted wife and mother and said she was a "hugely respected" teacher.

"Marie bore her illness with incredible strength," the club said.

"Towards the end her thoughts were only of her husband and her children as well as her family and how she could help them deal with the time ahead.

"Marie was a friend to many of us. Some of us never met her. That doesn't matter. Tonight, together, we are all thinking of Marie and her family."

Ballinderry Shamrocks GAC, where Ms McGuckin's husband is a coach and their children are members, also described her as "a very special, loyal and kind-hearted member who supported us in every way she could".

Requiem Mass for Ms McGuckin will be celebrated today in St Patrick's Church, Ballinderry at noon followed by burial in the adjacent cemetery.

Ms McGuckin is survived by her husband Patrick, children Michael and Catherine and wider family circle.

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