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Upper Bann MP Carla Lockhart has paid tribute to Gladys Anderson from Lurgan who has passed in her 108th year.

The local MP said, "Gladys was someone who was known and loved throughout Lurgan, particularly as a proud Mourneview resident and her loss will be most keenly felt by those who knew her best. As a woman of very strong faith she did not fear her own passing, but those left behind will have some wonderful memories.

As Mayor of Craigavon some years ago I had the honour of hosting Gladys' 100th birthday party and caught up with her regularly up until last year. She was also an honorary member of the DUP and as a party we mourn her passing.

Gladys lived through some momentous times, and as we look ahead to the centenary of Northern Ireland it is remarkable to have known someone whose life spanned the creation of Northern Ireland and prior to that, through the First World War. We can all learn from the quiet experience of our most precious members of the community such as Gladys.

I want to pay tribute to Mr John Dummigan who helped Gladys over the years as an elder of Lurgan Free Presbyterian Church. Gladys really became part of their family and to them and everyone else who will miss someone so special my sincere sympathies are with them at this difficult time."

DUP Leader Arlene Foster added, "As a Party we will miss our valued member Gladys and our sympathies are with her friends and family at this time. Gladys set a fantastic example to us all throughout her life and it can truly be described as a life well lived."