One of the oldest and most longstanding members of the Diocesan family, Lorna McIntyre of St Thomas’, Wellington South, entered the loving arms of her heavenly Father on the afternoon of Thursday 30th May. Lorna had recently celebrated her 101st birthday.
From her baptism in 1918 at the original wooden St Thomas’ Church, Lorna had lived a life of faithful Christian service and witness throughout the Diocese. Over her many years she was an active member of Lower Hutt, Naenae-Epuni, Stokes Valley, St Peter’s, Willis Street, and Wellington South parishes. Lorna’s deeply-embodied Christian faith was an inspiration to many. Fiona Duncan, a former leader of the Berhampore Urban Vision team, remembers, ‘What an amazing woman Lorna was, one of those people who continues to inspire me on my journey. St Cuthbert’s was so welcoming to a band of teenagers because of her!’
Two of Lorna’s daughters have become leaders in movements for social justice, and will be known to many in the Diocese. Stephanie McIntyre QSM was formerly Social Justice Commissioner for the NZ Anglican Church and currently, as director of DCM in Wellington, is a pioneer of community responses to homelessness in Aotearoa. Lyndy McIntyre is the Wellington Community Organiser for the Living Wage Movement.
Over recent years Lorna had not been able to attend Sunday services but had received regular pastoral visits from St Cuthbert’s/St Thomas’ folk. When Bishop Ellie visited St Thomas’ before Christmas, after the service she popped in to pray with Lorna at Te Hopai rest home. Lorna told the Bishop, ‘It’s nice to know I will be seeing Jesus soon’.
Our beloved Lorna: Well done, good and faithful servant. Enter into the joy of your Master.
Lorna’s funeral was held on Tuesday 4th June at the Cockburn Street Chapel, Kilbirnie.