Safe in the arms of Jesus

Posted on 13 January 2009
The well-attended funeral took place today at Ferndale of Elsie Starling.

Born in New Southgate in 1918, she attended the local Bowes Lane School and was introduced to the Church through her Baptist family. Embracing the Lord Jesus as her own personal Saviour, she was active within Christian Endeavour and there met her future husband, Henry. First as friends and then as a married couple they knew one another 70 years. She moved with Henry to Southend when he took up pastoral responsibilities at Southchurch Tabernacle. There she was active in work among young people, in prayer and in support of Henry.

Her son, Colin, spoke movingly about his mother’s transparency and her kindness, her wisdom and peace-loving nature. He referred to her hospitality, courtesy and, above all, her loving walk with Jesus that communicated itself to her children through her instruction of them and prayers with them. He suggested Proverbs 31:26-29 was an appropriate epitaph.

The service was led by Andrew and Chris Banks, Elsie’s pastor at Daws Heath, preached a challenging address on ‘For me to live is Christ, to die is gain.’ A lavish buffet and warm fellowship concluded the day and Stephen was delighted when Henry agreed to preach at Ferndale later this year! Our thoughts and prayers are with Henry and the family.

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