ISABELLA (BELLE) JOHNSTON 1934 -2010

by sandra
(bangor, county down n.i.)

Isabella ,or Belle as we called her was and is and will ever be the most wonderful mum-in-law to me. She was and is a much loved and sorely missed wife, mum, nan, and great nan to her large family(or Belle's Mafia as i fondly call us).Belle went into hospital on the 25/3/10 and fought the hardest battle i have ever seen until she passed peacefully away on 5/5/10. She was a fiesty wee woman, small in stature, but big on love and kindness and a real wee terrier . Nothing was ever to much trouble for her ,she never complained and would never ask for anything. Even when she was so ill and in so much pain, she kept her dignity and had to be asked if she wanted or needed anything. Her strength and courage will never leave us. Her sense of family and devotion will also stay with each of us forever, and the knowledge that we will meet again keeps us going. Well, Isabella , nite nite sweetheart luv u always . your daughter-in-law Sandra xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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May 09, 2014
UR 80TH
by: Anonymous

Well Belle , its now 4 yrs since we lost you its so unreal an still find it hard to realize your gone . Hope your 80th was good with your Ray ,Rossy and Sally im sure heaven was filled with song and music .your family are still grieving an miss you terribly . In August your beloved Ray went to be by your side and that has been so so hard for the family. we were all with him for the last few days . Agnes kept us filled with goodies and among the tears there was laughter recalling memories of times past. We luv an miss you Isabella and always will. your light and love is carried with us all in the precious memories you left us . Hug Ray for us let him know we love and miss him to. We know your watching over us (your Mafia) and keeping us safe .
Nite Nite Isabella ,sleep well and God Bless xx

Mar 07, 2013
your 2nd birthday with Christ .
by: Anonymous

Hi Belle,
Another year without in May but this is a day for celebration for its your 2nd birthday with Christ ! We mourn for you, and are sad u aren't here with us to share this day of all days and Mothers day on Sunday will be hard as well. Thankfully, we have the Blessed Assurance, that we will be with you in Heaven one day and that is wot keeps us going, The thought of you there in Christs kingdom with your Sally, your Mum n Dad, Billy and Agnes and all your brother and sisters who where only on this earth for a few minutes or days , makes us smile n be glad in the midst of sadness,loss n emptiness. God is Good n we thank him for his promise. Belle ,Raymond misses u so much and your Ray has slipped back into nothingness it breaks my heart to see it but I know u r still with us watching and smiling down on us I just ray God in his mercy will call Ray home to be with you very soon. Your mafia :) all love n miss you so much and we still keep your resting place lovely as ud wish n we are slowly learning to cope with the grief but it is the knowledge that your only waiting for us in another room with our Lord that keeps us going n makes us smile :) Well Belle time to go again Luv you and speak soon . Nite Nite Belle and sleep well xxxxxx

Dec 21, 2012
another christmas
by: sandra

Well Isabella, thank you for being with our raymond at his interview and uda have known he got the job before us ;). He seems to like it and getting paid for being bored isnt to bad either! Oh Belle this is another christmas without you ,the 3rd, and its no easier. We miss leaving all the cards at ur house n picking rs up. Urs was always the family post office n collection point. Its so sad we dont have u to do that now. I miss that so much just calling in n u always sitting there on the sofa n ray in his chair, i so wish it was still like that n i can still see you in my mind, its just so sad that chapter is closed forever. Ray is still going on altho he so wants to b with you Belle, I dont know wots keepin him here just that its not Gods time yet. We will be at ur graveside on christmas eve wit ur flowers n we will make sure ur grave is full of them as usual , we will c Ray on christmas day n take him his pressies to . On christmas morning Raymond n I will send a lantern to u to say merry christmas n we miss you . Enjoy christmas with Sally Roslyn n feel our luv all around u as we feel urs around each n everyone of us. Luv u Belle, and as always nite nite n sleep well Isabella xxxxxx

Sep 19, 2012
2yrs 4mths
by: sandra

Well Isabella, time has went by so so quickly n its almost 2 n 1/2 years since u passed to glory. So much has happened n life has went on in part but as aways we al still miss u. Your phone number is still on r phone n that will stay. Young Raymonds been redundant but hopefully with u watching over him he'l get the job in Shorts. Be with him on Friday as he sits his interview n give him a nudge when he needs it :-). Kellies had a major op to remove cancer it was a hard time but shes been given the all clear n as usual is facin things head on n still dancin on tables! wee Megan got into glenola and bradleys in 2nd form at holywood . chelz connie , n the boys are doin well n growin up so fast to . Youd love connie shes such a wit ,so so funny and always makes us smile. Wee Tilly is just gorgeous, u'd luv holding her n seein her beamin wee face ,shes such a pleasant baby. Belle, I know ur friend Roslyn will be with u now, n that makes it easier, to know u 2 will be dancin in heaven with ur Sally. Ray is still poorly n most days doesnt know us but we still talk away to him n hope something is going in. He sometimes smiles n says an odd word n thats worth a million dollars . Raymonds still the same missing you but saying little ,but I know when hes feeling low n wanting u near .It shows in his eyes n all I can do is hold him . Sending u lots of luv n kisses from us all . I know ur just in another room waiting until its our time to join u. Well for now its nite nite Isabella ,sleep well xxxxxxxxxx

Dec 18, 2011
Its me again lol
by: Sandra

Hi, Belle ,caan't believe this is the 2nd christmas without you. Things are getting a little easier but we still go to ring u to tell u the latest news. Its been another stepping stone as weve had to give up your bungalow , boy that was hard. Your clothes were still there and going through them was so so sad. Your Ray is only a mere shadow of th eman he once was. That is so hard to see. The light has completely gone from his wee world n he's just waiting for God to take him up those heavenly sairs straight to your side. I pray that day will come soon for him, though I know God has his plan and all will be revealed when we meet again. Oh Belle, wot do you think, you're getting yet another wee great grandchild ! I know you'd be so happy at the chance to nurse another wee baby . Laura is due in March, possibly the 7th ,wouldnt that be gr8.I know u'd say it'l come when its ready and not b4 its time ! We are looking forward to the birth n it's the children that keep us all going for we still ache with missing you. Please be with Ray ,hold his hand when we arent there so he feels safe belle. Young Raymond found this page today oh Belle he misses you so very much although he tries to be so strong, be close to him n us, until God calls us home. I hope my children and grandchildren will be as close, and help each other when its raymonds n my time to go, as ur children have been.I know ud be so very proud of them . Love u as always, nite nite Isabella and sleep well xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Aug 13, 2011
15 months
by: sandra

Hi Belle , cant believe its months now instead of weeks! Your name is still mentioned daily in our home and in the homes of all ur loved ones and u r still an ever loving presence in each of our lives. Y our resting place is still as lovely as it was and visited daily and new flowers placed with love every week. It still hurts to walk away. We'll im sure u already know you have yet another great grandchild, little Isabella Braniff was born last week to Shelly n Brendan. a real wee treasure to carry on your precious name ,may she have your wisdom and courage as she grows. Your Ray has been poorly ,he has never gotten over losing u his true soulmate and only love. Let him know u r ever near him as he is in the nursing home and needs to feel u close.
We love and miss you so much Belle and even though its almost a year n half, we still go to lift the phone n ring u and we still call home mums house . love you Belle.
Well Isbella nite nite and sleep well .xxxxxx

May 07, 2011
a year has gone
by: SANDRA

Well Belle ,its been a year now since the light went out in our lives. Its been hard for us all as we all love n miss u so very much. Mothers day ,ur birthday , christmas, were all extreemly hard but 5th may just 2 days ago was the hardest knowing the pain n suffering u went through last year . For me, im gettin flashbacks , of things id tried hard to forget but theyve been coming bak over the last few weeks. like cooling your feet n hands with the lint soaked in witch hazel , cooling your forehead holding ur frail hands. The horrible pain n sickness. Then i remember u demanding TEA WITH 2 SUGARS YES 2 SUGARS !! n the way u rolled those eyes of urs when u didnt agree with the docs, the way u cried no more needles awful times tinged with a little laughter but always u were surrounded by deep deep love. We love u Belle n r gla dur free from pain n in heaven waiting n watching over us. Young Raymonds laura, gran passed too yesterday n raymonds greiving allover agin as he was so strong for me n his dad when u passed, its all hitting him hard now. ur still first on our minds in the morning n the last thing at night , love u always , Nite Nite Isabella, sleep well xxx Sandra

Mar 23, 2011
All the firsts x
by: Anonymous

Dearest Belle, its been 46 wks since u left us and as ur anniversary approaches things havent really got easier . We are slowly learning to cope without you here, but boy o boy its hard. all the firsts are comin up . In Jan. it was raymonds first birthay without u , then 2 wks ago it was ur birthday . On Friday, it wil be a year from u went into hospital to fight the hardest, must heartbreaking fight u ever faced. U faced it like everything u ever did . Head on , straight with the facts, courage beyond words , n tea with 2 sugars !!! C we r startin to remember he funny things, n hopefully as time goes by the fnny will outweigh the sad. Mothers day will b hard, we got a chinese lantern n we will send it up for u n remember the woman we will always love n hold dear . A mum & mum in law in a million . nite nite Isabella, sleep well xxxxxxxxxxx

Mar 07, 2011
UR 1ST BIRTHDAY IN HEAVEN,
by: SANDRA

WELL BELLE
TODAY WAS UR 78TH BIRTHDAY N UR FIRST BIRTHDAY IN HEAVEN, WE MISS U SO SO MUCH, N 2DAY WAS VERY HARD . WE LEFT BEAUTIFUL POSYS FOR AT UR RESTING PLACE N I KNOW UD LOVE THEM ALL. RAYMOND N MYSELF N UR GRANDCHILDREN N GREAT GRANDCHILDREN SENT U BALLOONS WITH OUR THOUGHTS N PRAYERS FOR U ON UR SPECIAL DAY . WE WATCHED THEM UNTIL THEY FLOATED SO HIGH THEY WERE OUTA SIGHT N STRAIGHT 2 U . ITS 44 WKS SINCE WE LOST U N WE MISS U MORE EACH N EERY DAY BELLE. I DONT KNOW WHEN, OR IF, IT WILL GET ANY EASIER ALL I KNOW IS FOR NOW IT HRTS AS MUCH AS IT DID THE DAY U LEFT. WE LOVE U N MISS U N HOPE U R CELEBRATING UR BIRTHAY WITH UR DEAR PARENTS N FAMILY IN HEAVEN . WATCH OVER US UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN. NITE NITE ISABELLA , SLEEP WELL XXXXXXXX

Feb 06, 2011
40 weeks
by: sandra

DEAREST BELLE, IT S NOW ALMOST 4O WEEKS SINCE U LOST UR BATTLE AND WE WATCHED YOU LEAVE US. IT HAS BEEN SUCH A LOSS , BELLE, WE STILL EXPECT YOU TO BE IN YOUR CHAIR WHEN WE CALL IN AND THEN REALITY HITS WHEN YOU R NOT THERE. I KNOW YOU HAVE JUST WENT ON AHEAD OF US AND YOU ARE STILL AROUND US IN SPIRIT, WATCHING AND PROTECTING US FROM HEAVEN, BUT IT IS STILL VERY HARD. YOUR NEW KITCHEN HAS BEEN PUT IN , AFTER ALL THIS TIME N YOU WOULD LOVE IT . RAY PICKED IT HIMSELF N IT LOOKS BRILLIANT. IT WOULD HAVE BEEN YOUR PRIDE AND JOY AND NO DOUBT YOUD HAVE THE CUPBOARDS FILLED LOL. WE CAN LAUGH NOW AT LEAST AT THE HAPPY MEMORIES AND YOUR NAME IS EVER PRESENT ON OUR LIPS BUT THE EMPTINESS AND PAIN AT LEAVING YOUR BURIAL PLACE IS THE HARDEST MOST UNBEARABLE THING WE DO. CONTINUE TO WATCH OVER US AND KNOW THAT WE LOVE YOU DEARLY AS ALWAYS AS WE KNOW YOU LOVE US. NITE NITE ISABELLA SLEEP WELL XXXXXXX XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

Jan 10, 2011
2011
by: SANDRA

HI BELLE , ITS NOW A NEW YEAR N ITS BEEN HARD. CHRISTMAS WAS AN ABSOLUTE NITEMARE, WE JUST MISS N NEED U SO SO MUCH. YOUR CHILDREN ATTENDED A MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR U N OTHERS WHO HAD PASSED FROM THIS WORLD,IN DECEMBER. THEY MISS YOU I CAN C THE LONGING N LOSS IN THEIR EYES, I MISS YOU TO MORE THAN ANYONE KNOWS, BUT THEY ARE YOUR CHILDREN, N EACH OF THEM WERE SO SPECIAL TO YOU. THAT BOND WILL NEVER DIE, BELLE, IT WILL KEEP YOU CLOSE UNTIL WE PASS ONE BY ONE N COME TO JOIN YOU IN HEAVEN. WAIT PATIENTLY, BELLE, AND I PRAY THE LORD IN ALL HIS GLORY WILL GRANT US THE GRACE TO BEAR OUR LOSS, N BE STRONG FOR ONE ANOTHER, AS YOU WOULD HAVE IT. I KNOW U WILL BE WATCHING OVER US N U WILL BE SO HAPPY TO KNOW THAT YOUR DARLING SHELLY IS GIVING YOU YET ANOTHER GREAT GRANDCHILD, DUE IN THE SUMMER. WE LOVE YOU BELLE HELP US TO FACE UR BIRTHDAY N MOTHERS DAY AS THEY WILL BE ESPECIALLY HARD. NITE NITE ISABELLA SLEEP WELL XXXXXXXXXXXXX

Dec 06, 2010
31 WEEKS
by: SANDRA

WELL ISABELLA ITS NOW 31 WEEKS SINCE A LIGHT WENT OUT IN OUR LIVES. A HOLE NO ONE ELSE CAN FILL. RAYMOND MISSES U SO SO MUCH . I MISS U THE KIDS ALL MISS U BUT WE CANT VEN BEGIN TO FEEL THE PAIN RAY, RAYMOND, NETTE , CAMPBELL N ISI FEEL . U WERE AND ARE RAYS WIFE N THEIR MUMMY N NO ONE CAN FILL THAT VOID THATS LEFT NOW UR GONE. UR CHILDREN ARE AT A MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR U TONITE AND AS EVERY NITE I HAVE A CANDLE LIT FOR U . I HOPE U R SAFE N WITH YOUR MUMMY AND DADDY AND DEAR BROTHER AND SISTER . WE REST SURE IN THE KNOWLEDGE THAT WE WILL MEET AGAIN , AT A TIME THE LORD HAS CHOSEN , UNTIL THEN WE MUST LEAVE YOU IN GODS SAFE AND LOVING CARE. NITE NITE ISABELLA,SLEEP WELL WE LOVE YOU AND ALWAYS WILL XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

Oct 05, 2010
23 WEEKS
by: SANDRA

HI BELLE. 23 WKS ITS MADNESS . I CANT BEGIN TO TEL U THE TIMES WEVE NEEDED U N CONTINUE TO NEED U.UR RAY'S OUT OF HOSPITAL AND SLOWLY GETTING TO GRIPS WITH THINGS AGAIN ALTHOUGH ITS HARD. THE CARERS R LOOKING AFTER HIM AS R ALL THE FAMILY BUT WHAT HE REALLY NEEDS & WANTS IS HIS BELOVED BELLE. RAYMOND TO, IS ONLY STARTING TO GRIEVE N HE FEELS UR LOSS S SO BADLY. I TRY TO HELP BUT REALLY ALL I CAN DO IS B HERE FOR HIM N LISTEN. I CANT BEGIN TO IMAGINE HIS PAIN ALTHOUGH I , TO , MISS UR CHARACTER UR LOVE N UR SMILING FACE & UR WORDS OF WISDOM. WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE BELLE ? FOR NOW, WE TAKE ONE DAY AT A TIME THAT IS ALL WE CAN BEAR & TRUST IN OUR LORD THAT WE WILL MEET AGAIN. COMFORT US BELLE LET US KNOW YOU R SAFE. UNTIL THEN NITE NITE ISABELLA. SLEEP WELL . WE LOVE YOU XXXXXXXX

Sep 22, 2010
21 WEEKS
by: SANDRA

WELL BELLE 21 WEEKS 2DAY N SO MUCH HAS HAPPENED SINCE U PASSED. UR DARLIN RAY HAS BEE IN HOSPITAL THIS 7 WEEKS HIS POOR HEART BROKE AT UR LOSS , THANKFULLY HE IS A BIT STRONGER AND WE HOPE TO GET HIM HOME SOON. I KNOW WHAT UD SAY LOL . UD TELL HIM TO GET UP OF HIS BEHIND N GET ON WITH IT !! BUT ITS BEEN SO HARD U WERE 2GETHER FOR 0VER 60 YRS A LIFETIME OF PARTNERSHIP N SHARING GONE IN A FLASH. THEN CHELSEA HAD KIDNEY FAILURE N WE NEEDED U SO MUCH BUT WE ALL FELT U NEAR N SHES SO MUCH BETTER NOW. UR LATEST LITTLE GREAT CHILD TOBY ALEXANDER WAS BORN 2DAY N UD LOVE HIM N I KNOW UD HAVE HAD HIS WEE BLU CARDIS ALL KNITTED READY FOR HIM . BUT THATS NOT 2 B . BUT HE HAS A WONDERFUL ANGEL WATCHIN OVER HIM . SORRY WE CANT PHONE U N HEAR UR VOICE BUT WE KNOW WOT UD SAY N WE KNOW U HEAR US . WE LOVE N MISS U SO SO MUCH . NITE NITE ISABELLA N SLEEP WELL XXXXXXXXX

Sep 05, 2010
18 WEEKS
by: SANDRA

WELL ISABELLA 18 WEEKS ON WEDNESDAY WE LOST U N A LIGHT WENT OUT IN ALL OUR LIVES. I KNOW YOURE FREE FROM UR PAIN N FOR THAT IM TRULY THANKFUL. KEEP WATCHING OVER ALL THOSE WHO LOVE U N KEEP US ALL SAFE. ITS POOR RAY THAT NEEDS TO FEEL U CLOSE TO HIM . U WERE HIS ANCHOR , HIS ROCK , HIS LIFES PARTNER N HE IS TRULY LOST WITHOUT U. WE R ALL TRYING OUR BEST N THE NURSING STAFF N DCTORS R DOIN THEIR PART BUT HIS HEART IS BROKEN N ONLY U CAN FIX IT. LET HIM KNOW U R STILL VERY CLOSE IN SPIRIT N WILL NEVER LEAVE HIM FULLY UNTIL ITS TIME TO JOIN U THATS MY WISH FOR RAY N THE RST OF THE FAMILY AS WE MISS U SO SO MUCH . NITE NITE ISABELLA SLEEP WELL XXXXXX

Jul 22, 2010
12 WEEKS
by: Anonymous

well , Belle its almost 12 weeks since we lost u n its so so hard. we all have our share of good days but even then u are always there on our waking and ur name is always on our lips . our prayer is that ur safe n looking down on us . i dont know when itl start to get easier to cope with it just gets harder n the emptiness is immense a real physical ache. its so hard to c n feel the pain raymond n the rest r suffering it just tears me apart. we just want to put our arms around u and hold u close.to hear ur voice n c u smile and rollin those eyes of urs !! your strength and love will get us all through, as will gods grace and knowing he has u safe in his care, just in the another room with the door ajar waiting. Love u n miss u nite nite isabella sleep well xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

May 30, 2010
4 WEEKS
by: SANDRA

OH BELLE, ITS 4 WEEKS ON WEDNESDAY SINCE U LOST UR COURAGEOUS BATTLE. THE LORD DECIDED TO TAKE U FROM ALL THE PAIN U WERE SUFFERING. WE R GLAD U R AT PEACE NOW N IN HEAVEN WITH UR DAD ,MUM AND BELOVED SALLY AND BILLY., BUT BOY, IT'S GETTIN HARDER NOT HAVING U HERE WITH US. WE VISIT UR RESTING PLACE DAILY N LEAVE BEAUTIFUL FLOWERS THAT U WOULD LOVE SO MUCH , BUT WOULD GIVE ANYTHING TO C U N GIVE U A HUG AND C U SMILE AGAIN. WE KNOW UR EVER NEAR US THOUGH , WE FEEL UR PRESENCE , SMELL UR PERFUME , AND THAT GIVES US COMFORT THAT U CAN STILL HEAR US AND WATCHING OVER UR PROUD EXTENDED FAMILY. WE LOVE U , I LOVE U , AND WE ALL R LOOKING AFTER EACH OTHER AS U WOULD WANT US TO . NITE NITE ISABELLA LUV U ALWAYS . LORD LOOK AFTER HER FOR US UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN. XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

May 22, 2010
my great nanny belle
by: chelsea

Wee belle was the best great nanny any child could ever have. i have so many wonderful memories of her with me, and she is at peace now and not in any pain. My memories that she has left me will always stay with me and are all good memories always. I miss her so much but will never forget her and i know she is always with me.

Love u forever nanny belle. Ur lst great grand daughter chelsea. xxxxxxxx nite nite till we meet again nanny. xxxxxxx

May 22, 2010
my great nanny belle
by: chelsea

This women is and was the best nanny to me and she loved me and i loved her. She was a strong woman and she fought through everything bad that came along. She was in hospital in pain and was suffering for 6 weeks straight. Now that she is gone we will all remember her and im sure she remembers us. She was a lovely woman and we are so glad that she is not in pain anymore and she is in peace. I've got great memories of when me and her where together and i always will. xoxoxoxox

May 15, 2010
thank you
by: sandra

Thank you Mauri that was lovely. It is with Gods help and his grace that we're getting through this, and the knowledge that she is no longer in pain and that we will be reunited in heaven.

May 13, 2010
Your loss
by: Mari

I am very sorry to hear of your loss. Belle sounds like she was a wonderful person loved by all.

Think of the welcome she is getting in heaven and how blessed you were to have known someone like her. She spent her life taking care of others and lavishing love.

I know it is very hard on you at this time but you will always have her in your heart. And she is not suffering anymore. Someday you will see her again.

In the meantime turn to God for comfort.He is always there for you. You have some wonderful memories to cherish of Belle.

A person like Belle who gives of their heart and soul is a child of the most High. She is safe in his arms. Take care. There are a lot of nice people here for you.

May 13, 2010
Thom
by: Anonymous

Hang in there, that was sad . I do hope at some time you will be able to see her again; sleep well.

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