Irene also held antenatal and baby clinics and acted as school matron to a 1,000 pupils and staff. All this in a place where for two thirds of her time there had no electricity or a piped water supply.
She was known as a wonderful and fun companion who was dedicated to her work in Messumba. No sentimentalist, but a realist, with both feet firmly on the ground. Her love of the people was deeply rooted in the love she had for Our Lord and His words:
“Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”
After her retirement in 1975, she continued to keep MANNA’s work in Mozambique on the mission agenda at her local church and today there is a plaque in her memory at St Mary and St Eanswythe’s Parish church, Folkestone. A great supporter of MANNA, Irene died in 2001, another incredible individual who quietly took on the task of building up the kingdom of God in Mozambique.