Jean McMillan Black (nee Robertson) was born to James and Joan Robertson on the 3rd of April 1941; a much-loved daughter and a sister to brothers John and James (affectionately known as Jim). Sadly, the family were to experience heartache on the 14th of February 1944 when, at the age of eight, John was tragically killed in an accident. Despite this tragedy Jean enjoyed a happy childhood and often reminisced of happy times with her family including numerous holidays in England and Northern Ireland visiting friends and family.
After leaving school Jean worked in the offices of the Co-operative in Greenock until the time of her marriage to Allan Moodie Black on the 3rd of September 1966. Jean took the move from the town of Greenock to the picturesque countryside of Kilmacolm and to life as a farmer’s wife like a duck to water. In saying that, Jean was not a typical farmers wife, in that she left the outside work to the men folks and she spent her time keeping the farmhouse spick and span, baking and preparing meals for her husband, children and the many casual workers who came to help with the farm work over the years. Jean was always a very caring person and liked to offer hospitality whenever she could, opening her home to many over the years.
Jean had a very deep faith and complete trust in Jesus Christ. This was borne out of seeing the change in her brother Jim, who was converted at the Billy Graham crusade in Kelvinhall in Glasgow in 1955. At the age of 15 Jean attended a showing of a Billy Graham film, called Fire in the Heather, in Greenock Town Hall and at the appeal went forward to receive Christ as her Lord and Saviour. Jean never lost her faith or her deep love of Christ and this was apparent right up until the end of Jean’s life.
Jean is remembered by those who love her for her beautiful smile, her heart for people, her sense of humour but most of all for her joy in the Lord which carried her through her long journey of dementia.
Having joyfully celebrated her 80th birthday in April, just a few months later Jean was called home by her Heavenly Father on the 9th of July 2021. As Jean passed from life into eternity the words of the hymn “Into Thy presence we come” came to her husband Allan:
“Lord, into Thy presence we come, not by the works we have done,
but by Thy grace and Thy grace alone, into Thy presence we come.”
Grace is the undeserved favour of God and it is because of this that we have assurance that this is not the end for Jean, but rather the beginning of eternal life with Christ Jesus.
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