Anne Duffin (RIP)
Anne Duffin has been a much loved member of our Church community for many years and died peacefully on Wednesday 2 January after a short illness.
Anne was a wise, generous and cheerful person - always positive, even when life was challenging. She lived life to the full and independently and had many close friends. She loved her family and it will have been a comfort that she was cared for in her last days by her loving nieces and nephew.
The picture here shows Anne, only a few weeks ago, making Christmas decorations at our Advent workshop with some of the children. She was always young at heart and enjoyed encouraging others.
She was much loved here at St Michael's. And one of her friends, Lesley Pendlebury, wrote this lovely poem after a recent Sunday morning church service when she had missed Anne.
by Lesley Pendlebury
The church was empty today. I missed our concern that None of us had sat In your usual seat. I missed your sticks which always fell At just the wrong moment. I missed that little pause Whilst we waited For you to rise and join The Communion queue. I shall miss you on Tuesday When we meet to Read the Bible. No one else will ask me For a coffee, black, no sugar. No one else will give a Merry peal of laughter Quite like yours. Whatever was absurd or Inconsistent was A joy to you. I will miss you on those days When we, at your request, “Say It to God”, And, when I say that I Am struggling, I will miss Your quick and comforting response. You always knew the prayer To point me to. I only knew you for a little while Drawn as I was to sit close to you In our church. Betty and Anna graced those Pews as well I feel – for them - the loss of their Dear friend. So briefly did I know you that I Am scarcely entitled to Mourn for you. And yet I miss you, for your courage And your wisdom Your cheerfulness, Your gaiety and gallantry You showed me much to which I can aspire. I give thanks for your presence In my life For this short while; And I can understand so well Why God desired Your company.
Anne had a distinuished career working for NATO and later for the publishers Curtis, Brown.
Anne was a faithful and committed Christian and was an inspiration and source of guidance for us all. She will be greatly missed. Nonetheless, we know that Christ has prepared a place for her in His father's house and she is now there and at peace with Him.
Anne, may light perpetual shine upon you and may you rise with the saints in glory.
Anne's funeral will be at St Michael's Church - at 11am on Thursday 31 January 2019.