Logan with family and members of
the South Eastern Trust and
Mayor James Tinsley for the
100th birthday celebrations.
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SEYMOUR House hosted a 100th birthday party
for Mrs Bella Logan who celebrated her remarkable life in style
surrounded by her loving family and friends.
Also in attendance were the Mayor of Lisburn,
Mr James Tinsley, MLA Basil McCrea and senior representatives of
the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust.
Mrs Logan nee Rodgers was born in Limavady in
1908 to a farming family, third youngest of 13 children. She
married a local man, Samuel Logan and when he got work in
Belfast they left rural Limavady for to live in the 'big smoke.
Unfortunately Samuel's life was cut short. He
died when his youngest child was as yet unborn and Isabella was
left a young widow with six children to rear at a time when the
state did very little to help.
However, Mrs Logan did just that, providing a
secure and loving home for her children while going out to work
to earn the family's income. She became a well-known figure in
Dunmurry travelling on her big, old-fashioned, black bicycle.
Some called her the nurse' because, as many will remember, that
was how district nurses attended their patients at the time. Mrs
Logan not only fed and clothed her children but ensured that
they received a good education.
When asked for the secret of her long life
Mrs Logan said: "Hard work, no smoking and no drinking." She
certainly abided by this maxim herself, working until the age of
After her retirement Mrs Logan had twelve
years of good health but at the age of 92 she could no longer
live independently and moved into Seymour House.
Never a day passes when at least one and often more of her
children come to visit the mother who reared them with such love
and dedication. A truly remarkable woman who, out of tragedy,
has created a lasting legacy of love amongst her children and
their children. The huge turnout of family and friends for this
event is evidence of the love and regard in which she is held by
all who have the privilege of knowing her.