THE REQUIEM Mass for Christina Boyle took place at the Catholic Church, Hurst Green, East Sussex, on Thursday December, 20.
Christina Boyle, who died at home on December 16, after a long illness, bravely borne, aged 73, was the beloved wife of Andrew Boyle, and mother of their children Edmund and Diana and was for many years associated with the Catholic Herald, and Catholic publishing.
Let Malcolm Muggeridge, who attended the Mass, take up her story.
"Chris to whom we are saying goodbye in her mortal condition is greatly beloved by all friends of the Boyle family. A devout Christian and loving mother, also an extremely competent person in practical matters. Thinking about her it seemed to me that she was in the Martha rather than the Mary catalogue, but, as the New Testament narrative makes clear, both roles are necessary.
Some months ago Chris was deeply distressed by the sudden death of her brother-in-law Fr John, a very holy priest whom she loved dearly. Now surely we may rest assured that wherever he is she will be. We shall all miss her, too, of course, especially Andrew, Ed and Diana, whose musical talent gave Chris many happy hours.
This is a celebration of Chris's life . . . a life in which music played a real and lasting part. Nothing gave her greater pride than hearing the work of her own daughter, Diana . . . like a permanent background in the Boyle households of Putney and Salehurst! Happily the music lives on".