Twelve days after she was found dead at her New Zealand home, the body of leading Ulster-born churchwoman Lynda Patterson was returned to the Province last night.
She is to be buried after a service in Dromore Cathedral tomorrow.
Th 40-year-old dean of Christchurch Anglican cathedral suffered a suspected heart attack.
A funeral service had already been held in New Zealand for Lynda and it was attended by a raft of senior clergy from that country.
Last night, her father Cedric told the News Letter: “We’re just glad to get Lynda home”.
Her body had been flown in on the same flight as Victoria Matthews, Bishop of Christchurch. The bishop will be among those helping to lead tomorrow’s service, along with Dromore Archdeacon Roderic West, and curate Trevor McKeown.
A funeral procession is to leave Cedric and his wife Evelyn’s Mound Road home in Dromore at 1.45pm. The service will begin at 2.30pm, and afterwards she will be buried in the adjoining churchyard.
Lynda had survived a catastrophic earthquake in 2011, as she stood inside Christchurch Cathedral.
She and 19 others escaped, but more than 180 died in the quake, which left the cathedral itself largely wrecked.