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MOTHER'S DOUBLE AGONY; MHAIRI McBEATH.



TRAGIC mum Isabel McBeath said a tearful goodbye to her daughter Mhairi yesterday - just five months after losing her husband.

University lecturer Murray was killed by a stroke last October.

Then, last Wednesday, the happy little five-year-old she doted dote  
intr.v. dot·ed, dot·ing, dotes
To show excessive fondness or love: parents who dote on their only child.



[Middle English doten.
 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 Dunblane Cathedral is the larger of the two Church of Scotland parish churches serving the small town of Dunblane, near the city of Stirling, in central Scotland. It was once the home of the bishops of Dunblane, until the abolition of bishops after the Scottish Reformation. : "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 Noun 1. thirst for knowledge - curiosity that motivates investigation and study
desire to know, lust for learning

curiosity, wonder - a state in which you want to learn more about something
, 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 heart·bro·ken  
adj.
Suffering from or exhibiting overwhelming sorrow, grief, or disappointment.



heart
 and for a time subdued sub·due  
tr.v. sub·dued, sub·du·ing, sub·dues
1. To conquer and subjugate; vanquish. See Synonyms at defeat.

2. To quiet or bring under control by physical force or persuasion; make tractable.

3.
, 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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