On 6th December, the St. Mungo Singers bade farewell to Margaret Padden, a retired member of the choir. Margaret had been one of the earliest members of the St. Mungo Singers, and their secretary for a number of years. She had been secretary to the Professor in the Physics Dept of Glasgow University and had also been a very active member of her parish community in St. Conval’s, Pollok, where her generosity of spirit enabled her to enjoy the lively social life, play a part in the parish choir, and help with the parish bulletin. Despite increasing ill-health, she continued to sing with the choir until the severity of her illness made this impossible.
Members of the choir joined her family, including Joe Arbuckle and his wife Eileen, and Margaret’s niece who came all the way from Australia, and friends and parishioners at Sacred Heart parish, Cumbernauld for her funeral Mass. Mgr. Gerry Fitzpatrick concelebrated the Mass with parish priest Fr. John Campbell. He mentioned the many lovely personal gifts which Margaret possessed, and commented on the immense hardship and the loneliness which her very poor health brought upon her. Despite this, she struggled heroically to maintain a normal life, trying to go out shopping and go for walks. Her deep faith and her fortitude, and kindly neighbours were a help, but eventually with the onset of dementia she had to retire to a nursing home where she spent her remaining years.
Before Margaret’s funeral we sang ‘How blest are those who have died in the Lord. Let them rest from their labours, for their good works go with them.’ How fitting for Margaret. After the great sorrows and hardships of so much of her life, she and her many good works will undoubtedly find a home with Lord. May she rest in peace.