MOTHER'S DOUBLE AGONY; MHAIRI McBEATH.
University lecturer Murray was killed by a stroke last October.
Then, last Wednesday, the happy little five-year-old she doted on was cruelly snatched from her too.
Isabel was just about to leave for a memorial service arranged by Murray's colleagues when the dreadful news was broken to her.
Yesterday, the Rev Colin McIntosh told mourners at Dunblane Cathedral: "Mhairi was a lively and enthusiastic girl, full of the vitality and energy of childhood.
"Already we were seeing in her the gifts of a sharp mind, a perception and imagination.
"She was enthusiastic for her school, eager to soak up all that it gave her."
He added: "Mhairi had a thirst for knowledge, a desire to learn, a readiness to absorb everything around her. And she did not seem to require much sleep.
"Once she woke up her mother at 2 o'clock in the morning to ask: `What sound does a zebra make?' She was wide awake and there were things she wanted to know."
The Rev McIntosh added: "When Murray died last October we saw another side of Mhairi.
"Heartbroken and for a time subdued, we nevertheless saw in her a wisdom and understanding beyond her years. She seemed to know just the right thing to say to Isabel, the right thing to do."
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|Publication:||The Mirror (London, England)|
|Date:||Mar 21, 1996|
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