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Scottish woman killed in Jerusalem blast

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Summary from the Daily Record 24 March 2011

A Scottish woman was killed after an explosion at a bus stop in Jerusalem yesterday (see WVoN story).

Mary Gardner, 59, an evangelical Christian from Orkney was studying Hebrew at the city’s Hebrew University.

The blast was the result of a bomb explosion at a phone booth near the central bus station, across the street from the Jerusalem Convention Centre.

A spokesman for the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs said, “Ms Gardner was critically wounded as a result of the bombing, and rescue services transferred her to hospital, where doctors fought for her life for about an hour and ultimately were forced to declare her dead.”

Ms Gardner was an evangelical Christian who spent much of her life living in Togo, where she worked for Wycliffe Bible Translators.

She leaves behind her parents, who live in Orkney, Scotland, but was not married and did not have children.

Executive director Eddie Arthur described her as a “lovely lady who was very popular”.

He said: “Mary worked with Wycliffe in Togo since 1989 where she was part of a team translating the New Testament into a language called Ife.

“The New Testament was finished in 2009 and Mary had then gone on to work helping other people.

“She was in Israel for six months studying Hebrew in order to go back to Togo to translate the Old Testament.

“Mary was an extremely popular and competent colleague and we valued her very highly.

“She will be sorely missed by her ex-pat colleagues and colleagues from Togo”.

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