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Rest in peace, dear Diana Bailey

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22 May 2019. We received the very sad news that Diana Bailey died this morning, aged 93. She is the niece of Monsignor George Hudson, the founder of our charity. It was a great blessing for her that her eight children were all with her and that she died in her own home. As well as being one of the few people who personally knew and remembered Mgr George, and having worked as a social worker for the charity during part of her life, she always remained a wonderful friend to Father Hudson’s, right to the very end. Some of us were very privileged to have met her at the Good Shepherd Masses in Worcester each year, and at a very special garden party last summer. Anyone who met her could not fail to be impressed by her gracefulness, dignity,  humour and kind spirit.

We remember her in our prayers and are truly grateful for having known her and for her support. It was also a blessing that Canon Brian McGinley was able to support her with the sacraments during her final days. Canon Brian will be leading her Requiem Mass on 30 May at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, Pershore, starting at 2:30pm.

In the words of Cardinal Newman, set to music by Sir Edward Elgar from her own county:

Go forth Christian soul
May you live in peace this day,
May your home be with God in Sion,
With Mary the virgin Mother of God, with Joseph and all the angels and saints.
May you return to your Creator who formed you from the dust of the earth.

May holy Mary, the angels and all the saints, come to meet you as you go forth from this life.
May you see your Redeemer face to face.

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