Sr Maureen South OFS of the Norwich Pax et Bonum Fraternity died very peacefully at her home in Norwich after a very long and debilitating illness on the evening of Saturday 3 October (2020), the Transitus of St Francis of Assisi.
For very many years Maureen had been a ‘Tertiary’ and following the dissolution of the Norwich Fraternity in the 1990s was a founder member of the new Pax et Bonum Fraternity when this was established in 2007.
Maureen was born on 20/10/43 and had been married to Robin for 57 years. They have 2 daughters, Carol and Dianne, 5 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.
Apart from the Lord, her family, her dogs and her secular Franciscan vocation, Maureen’s greatest love was for poetry. Her husband chose this for us from the many poems she wrote:
“I can never say Goodbye to you
For you are in my heart.
And so for now Farewell must do
As we’ll never be really apart.
I will hear you in the music,
I will see you everywhere.
Though the miles take you away
You’ll always be so near;
I will see your smile
As I rest awhile,
Hear your voice in the song of a bird.
So how can I say Goodbye to you?
Farewell is the only word.
Now if, maybe,
You should miss me,
Then find the tallest tree,
With its branches stretching Heavenward.
That’s the place where you’ll find me
As we listen to the music of nature all around.
You and I will join together in the sweetness of the sound.
And as we sing the praises of our Heavenly Lord above,
You and I will be united resting gently in His Love.”
Eternal rest grant unto Maureen, O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon her.
May she rest in the Peace and Love of our Lord, Amen.