John (known as Ian) Stirling and his wife, Jean were active members in the life of St Ninian's Church from the time it became a separate parish in 1959. Ian was a foundation elder and Jean was active in the Presbyterian Women's Association and a Sunday School teacher. Ian was also involved in the maintenance of the grounds and the Pioneer Memorial Garden which surrounded the Elm trees.
When Jean died in March 1967, Ian requested and was granted permission to create and maintain a small area at the rear of the Church Hall as a memorial to Jean. It was later decided to inter the ashes of members of St Ninian's within this garden. No plaques would be laid but a register and map would be kept to identify the deceased and the position of their ashes.
Jean Stirling was interred in the graveyard of St John's Anglican Church in Reid.
In 2012 it was decided to build a wall on which brass plaques record the names of people whose ashes are interred in the garden.
A seat in the shade of the trees provides a quiet place for rest and meditation. (This page is under construction)
Working in the Stirling Memorial Garden - 2012
The garden in Autumn a peaceful place to rest
Plaques for those interred in the garden installed in 2012