Tributes paid to Sister Jo Langley who was well respected in March and Chatteris - a memorial Mass will be held next month

The Community of the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary announce the death of Sr Jo who spent the last

The Community of the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary announce the death of Sr Jo who spent the last few years of her life in March. - Credit: Archant

Sister Jo Langley who was well known and respected in both March and Chatteris has died.

Her death was announced today (Monday) by Community of the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary

Sr Jo was well known and respected in both March and Chatteris where she spent the last few years of her life; always ready to chat she spoke to anyone and everyone frequently enquiring about family, friends and future plans.

Born in 1919 she entered religious life in 1941, trained as a teacher and travelled the world in support of education for the poor and disadvantaged.

Working first in the USA for 17 years she then went to Ghana in Africa where she was stationed for 15 years supporting education and parish work.


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After a short spell in Singapore and Brussels she returned to the UK in 1982. Arriving in March that same year she spent time working in the Catholic parish before sharing her great gifts with various communities in the UK including Brixton, Goodmayes, Cold Ash and Coventry.

The community said: “In 2011 she returned to March and was a well known sight on her strolls around the town, always ready for a conversation she was loved by all, regardless of their faith or none.

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“A great friend of the local bus drivers she was incredibly fit and active until the end of last year. Her zest for life will be missed by many in the local Catholic parish and in the wider community.”

A memorial Mass will be held for her at Our Lady’s Catholic Church in March on Sunday May 7 at 11am. All are welcome to attend and the Mass will be followed by some light refreshments.

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