Maria Coates – Rest in Peace

 

Maria Coates
Beloved wife, mother and grandmother died on 7th March in the Sue Ryder Care Home in Nettlebed Oxfordshire.
She had been suffering the effects of Motor Neurone disease for the past 3 years and prayerfully offered up her sufferings for the poor sinners of the world. May God reward her good soul: Maria was an active member of the Catholic Women’s League and Our Lady’s Catechists, for many years. She so much wanted to pass on her great faith in Jesus that she started a children’s club at St John Vianney Church in Wantage, called the HOT F club (Handing On The Faith). The children loved her and enjoyed learning about their Catholic Faith in the club.  I was privileged to help her with this work for many years. She also taught Altar Servers, helping them to understand how important it was to serve God at Holy Mass with dignity and love. Her love of Our Lady, Mary was paramount in her life and on February 24th, 2012 she took her Marian Vows in  the Third Order Franciscans of the Immaculate.
Maria became known as Sister Maria Therese of Our Lady of Fatima and St Joseph.


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