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Memorial for youth worker who tirelessly helped others

PUBLISHED: 10:00 03 January 2016

Pat Miller

Pat Miller

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A church is holding a memorial service for one of its youth workers who died aged 59.

The funeral of Pat Miller, who worked at St Andrew’s Church, High Street, Hornchurch, took place on November 26 after she sadly lost her battle with cancer.

Now the congregation is holding a special memorial service for Pat, who lived in Hornchurch, at the church on January 17.

In a touching tribute in parish magazine Bullseye, Rev Barry Hobson said: “It is very clear that Pat has been and will continue to be an influence for good in [people’s] lives,” he said.

“Her focus was always on people as it was people that mattered to Pat and not systems and quotas and meetings.

“For many of you reading this you will have known Pat through her passion as a youth worker.

“She was tireless in this passion to ensure not only that young people heard the Gospel but that also the voices of those young people were heard in church and its various decision making bodies.

“For us, and our part in the team, we knew her as a friend and colleague and sister in Christ.

“I know that there are many here today who owe their early Christian life to Pat.

“Her indomitable spirit was sometimes shaken but never quenched.”

A book of condolences put out at the church was inundated with comments following Pat’s death.

“What motivated her was simply people; she paid real attention to people and could remember amazingly detailed facts about their lives from maybe months or even years before, sometimes with only a short conversation held with them at the time,” said Rev Hobson.

“All the children she ever worked with all received their birthday or special occasion cards.

“Pat’s true memorial is the many lives that she has touched and the faith that she has nurtured over many years of youth work.

“I am sure that you will continue to remember Chris, Tim, Rachel and the wider family in your prayers as they come to terms with this great loss in their lives.”

The memorial service will start at 6.30pm at St Andrew’s.

“The family would love to welcome you to this service as we celebrate a woman who was passionate about her faith and her mission in life and the calling that God placed upon her to be a champion for young people,” added Rev Hobson.

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