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SPARROW, Rosina Caroline (1881-1964)

Mrs Sparrow’s passing was unexpected, but peaceful.  Our profound sympathy to all her family.  Her body was brought to the church she so much loved on the Tuesday, and the Requiem at 10 am on Wednesday morning, the day of the funeral, was well attended.  This was fitting, for she was such a regular attender at the weekly Wednesday morning celebration.  The very large congregation at the funeral service was a testimony to the love and respect in which she was held by so many.  Especially well represented were two organisations of which she had been a keen member for many years:  the Mothers’ Union and the British Legion Women’s Section.  Her husband, Louis H Sparrow, was killed in France on October 22nd 1916, a very great loss to the church and parish of Badsey.  Rosina Sparrow thus endured a widowhood of nearly half a century.  After the hard struggle of bringing up her young family alone, she was later in life to nurse three people in turn – her mother and two sisters – through mortal illness.  We shall always remember her cheerful, plucky and affectionate character, and above all her lifelong devotion to Our Lord Jesus Christ which was the source of her strength.

Published in the November 1964 Parish Magazine.