Today is the day that we publicly gather to say farewell to a most wonderful woman, Anne Drysdale, at Sheddocksley Baptist Church, Eday Walk, Aberdeen at 3pm. 

You won’t see Anne’s name in lights; she is not famous in any way and is not seen by our leaders, political or religious as the go to person for wise counsel. That was their mistake and loss.

Anne’s input into so many folks lives was great – into my life and especially our children’s. She had a heart for the disadvantaged, the lost, the forgotten and she always had time to talk and to encourage and build up those that many others sidelined. 

Anne was a hope-giver; a prophetic lady with God-given wisdom and an amazing home maker. 

Of course, I do miss her, less than a week since she passed into glory, as have our five children, three daughter-in-laws and the two grandchildren, but probably many others are grieving her departure as well. 

So today at 3pm we will gather as a family, with friends and others who knew Anne to Celebrate her life. It is going to be a great time of sharing… of remembering… of laughing… and giving thanks for an amazing woman who gave her everything for others… 

For Anne, who suffered ongoing illnesses for the past 25 years without complaining, that is over and she is in the presence of her Saviour and Lord and will be worshipping Him along with all the myriad of angels and the countless number of saints who have gone before her. 

One of her favourite songs and Byron’s, our disabled son, is Dance with me. You can listen to it by clicking on the play button below.


I can imagine Anne and Jesus together doing just that! Happier times for Anne for sure.

So as I draw this blog to a close, please join me and the family in giving thanks to God for her life.

I love you Anne and always will.

Howard ><>

                      The Drysdale ‘Clan!’ August 2017

   L to R: Daniel, David, Stephie, Byron, Phil, Tilly, Howard, Anne, Rachel, Neil, Jessie and Naomi. 



  1. Jason Hamilton Reply

    Such a lovely tribute to your wife Howard, I wish I could have met her.
    May God give you and the family peace and comfort in your time of need.
    You are a blessing to so many people especially the seamen and women who visit Aberdeen for whatever reason.
    I have your wife favourite song playing while writing this to you, what a lovely song.
    I havent been in Aberdeen for a long while now due to my own circumstances but I always remember you in my prayers.
    May God bless you in all you do.
    Jason Hamilton
    Ex. Grampian Endurance.

  2. Theresa Swain Reply

    Thank you for sharing this may God help you through the difficult road ahead without your Beautiful wife , My deepest sympathy to you and your family .

  3. Linda King Reply

    Howard, what lovely words. She was a lucky lady to share her life with you. My Mother-in-Law died last week and I so wish that her husband had the same strength of faith, and generous spirit, that you do. God bless you and your family.

  4. Val Morrison Reply

    Howard Anne must have been so proud of what you have achieved over the years looking after everyone and in supporting you in a job you love so much.Even though Anne is not here she has gone to be an angel up there looking after you as she always did and always will
    Thoughts are with you and your family at this sad time

  5. Bob Fisher Ex Superintendent Vroon Offshore Reply

    Howard never met Anne, but as they say behind every good man stands an equal or better woman.
    Here in Vietnam my thoughts are with you.

  6. Howard, our thoughts are with you at this time, and we have taken inspiration from your reflections… Keep your faith and strength and keep on going and giving… Bill

  7. Adam Plenderleith Reply

    A wonderful tribute for a beautiful wife and a wonderfilled, Christ centred Union. Be assured of our love and prayerful support. Adam & Hilary.

  8. Les Bishop Reply

    Dearest Howard and family,
    I am sure that whilst rejoicing in Anne’s home call and promotion to glory, your hearts, whilst full of praise for a life so well lived, are heavy with the loss of such a loved one….
    As I try to write something both meaningful and understandable, my heart is also heavy for you all.
    Some years ago I attended a funeral of another wonderful Christian lady, whose husband had also been in the Royal Navy after which they had gone in to the mission field with MAF…. the funeral was not like any I had ever attended as it was full of worship for our God and Saviour and at the same time we gave thanks for the life of one so precious who had been promoted to glory…
    A poem was read and I have never ever forgotten hearing it and how it spoke so beautifully of a soul moving on from our presence to be in heaven… so I bring it to you here, may our Heavenly Father bring you the comfort and quiet peace that only He can…

    Gone From My Sight by Henry Van Dyke

    I am standing upon the seashore. A ship, at my side,
    spreads her white sails to the moving breeze and starts
    for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength.
    I stand and watch her until, at length, she hangs like a speck
    of white cloud just where the sea and sky come to mingle with each other.

    Then, someone at my side says, “There, she is gone.”
    Gone where?
    Gone from my sight. That is all. She is just as large in mast,
    hull and spar as she was when she left my side.
    And, she is just as able to bear her load of living freight to her destined port.
    Her diminished size is in me — not in her.
    And, just at the moment when someone says, “There, she is gone,”
    there are other eyes watching her coming, and other voices
    ready to take up the glad shout, “Here she comes!”

    • Seachaplain Reply

      Thanks Les,
      A lovely poem… for a lovely lady!
      We miss her presence, but rejoice in her freedom; freedom to be with Jesus whom she greatly loved, freedom from illness and constant pain, freedom from wondering and now entered into a timeless wonder…
      It is well, it is well with my soul!
      Praise God.
      Howard ><>

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