Catherine Margaret Connolly (nee Evans) who came to be called Jill as her twin brother was Jack…..was born on the 18th March 1922 and lived with her family on Station Road, Cullybackey.
She worked as a secretary in a law firm in Ballymena until she met and married Alex in 1944, he was a Tillage officer for the Dept of Agriculture. They had two children, Evan and Nan. Alex died in 1960 and despite several romantic advances she never married again. Instead she supported her family even though it meant cycling a mile and a half through all weathers to and from work. In later years the family embraced the simple joy of getting behind the wheel of a yellow mini, costing £450 and when fuel was 5 shillings a gallon! Daughter Nan emigrated to Canada and Evan is in Coleraine.
Catherine managed a fair bit of travel – although leaving the mini at home – as she visited family and relatives in Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
Jill moved back to her renovated family home in Cullybackey in 1980 and lived on her own until three years ago when, after a fall she took up residence, in the Cottage Care Home in Coleraine Cottage Care Home in Coleraine where her two grandchildren Andrew and Catherine and great grandchildren Rory and Rachel (also twins) were there to celebrate her 100th Birthday. As was Deputy Lieutenant Lorraine Young and Jill shared with her how delighted she was to receive congratulations from Her Majesty The Queen.