Monday, June 01, 2009

Farewell Muriel

Today St John's people welcomed into church the body of Muriel Davies, wife of Canon Edwin Davies, who was Vicar of St John's during the earlier period of city centre redevelopment. She had loved St John's and insisted that her funeral should be held there, among friends.

He son Neil conducted the service, and our full choir turned out to sing Mozart's 'Ave Verum Corpus at her request. Neil spoke eloquently and admiringly of his gifted mother, a musician and teacher. So sad that over the last five years of her life, her memory deteriorated to the point where she found it hard to remember who most of her visitors were. Hard for her many friends too. BUt this was a day to remember the rest of her life, and all that she meant.

Pauline laid on a superb lunch for the mourners afterwards. Fifty per cent of them were members of the regular congregation, and many stayed a talked well into the afternoon, reflecting on the passing of another of Muriel's generation era. May she rest in peace.

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