Thursday, 23 June 2011

Mary Lamb, 1925-2010

At the end of 2010 Mary Lamb, a long serving and devoted trustee of the Catholic League died. The League was represented at her funeral by her fellow trustee, Mary Bacon.

Mary's working life was as a school teacher. She joined Combe Bank school Sevenoaks in 1976 as Deputy Head and also as a History Teacher and she also took on the role of Examinations Secretary during her time at the school. Mary left the school in 1991. Upon retirement she presented the school with a prize that is awarded each year at the school's Prize Giving day. “The Mary Lamb Form Shield” is presented to the form with the best “team spirit”. This is typical of Mary. She is fondly remembered by the staff of the school.

Mary was a faithful member of the Catholic League both as an Anglican and latterly as a Roman Catholic. She served on the Council for many years and was co-opted onto the newly formed Executive. In both capacities she was a valued member and she contributed much to the decision making process over the years. She could always be relied upon to offer a balanced and yet creative response to many of the more difficult decisions we had to make. Mary’s meticulous attention to detail was evident in the care with which she organised residential conferences in Walsingham and elsewhere for the League. Her particular humour and incisive thought will be missed by us all. Mary was also a regular pilgrim on our annual ecumenical pilgrimage to Bruges and she will be missed by her many fellow pilgrims there. A very private person, she was counted a friend by many, but little is known about her personally. If any member of the League can contribute any more details to this brief obituary, it would be greatly appreciated.

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