Thursday, August 20, 2009

Ruth Peyton RIP

Ruth Peynton, a well known and much appreciated member of the Traditional community in Oxford, died on Monday, with her family around her. She was 94, and had just received the sacraments from Fr John Saward.

Her funeral Mass will be on Wednesday 2nd September at 11am in SS Gregory & Augustine's. It will be sung. She will be buried in a village in Gloucestershire.

It was a privilege to know Ruth, who had seen so much come and go. We recently worked out that her father was a rough contemporary of my grandfather as an undergraduate in Oxford, before the First World War. She arranged an invitation for me to give a talk on the Catholic Martyrs of Oxford to the residents of her sheltered housing complex. This was a great success and on the strengh of it I was invited to give another, to another group, and then another and another. I've now given versions of this talk six times, and have another session in my diary. I had no idea there were so many groups of retired people meeting regularly to hear invited speakers, but it seems they swap names of good speakers.

We will all miss her.

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