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Popular Kirk minister Rev Louise Duncan dies of cancer two days after last service

Rev Louise Duncan

Rev Louise Duncan

A much-loved minister lost her fight against cancer just two days after attending her final church service.

Hundreds of people are expected to pack out Balerno Parish Church today to pay their respects to Rev Louise Duncan, who was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer known as Chondrosarcoma in August.

Despite the disease seriously affecting her hip and pelvis – which eventually forced her to use a wheelchair – Ms Duncan was a familiar face at the church.

She had been minister at Balerno Parish Church since 2010, but the 41-year-old had to give up work after her diagnosis last summer.

The brave cleric took part in both the morning and evening service at Balerno on February 15 before moving to the Marie Curie Hospice where she died two days later.

Derek, her husband of 16 years, and their eight-year-old son Tom have been inundated with cards and visitors since her death.

Mr Duncan, an RE teacher at Currie High School, said: “The best way to sum up Louise was she cared very deeply about people, and that is evident in the huge number of cards and well-wishers who have reached out to us.”

The Rev George Whyte, clerk to the Church of Scotland’s Edinburgh presbytery, said: “We are deeply shocked at her passing. She was an outstanding minister and had led her congregation with energy and imagination.

“The congregation and indeed the people of Balerno are all feeling this. She was very well loved in Balerno itself as well as the church.”

• Full story at the Edinburgh Evening News.

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