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Monday, 05 Mar 2012
In the early hours of Sunday 4th March, aged 107, Shan peacefully entered the fullness of life.
Born in Athlone, Ireland, in 1904, Shan spent some time at Mount Anville school in Dublin before coming to the Sacred Heart Convent in Roehampton. She first thought of religious life whilst in her early teens, but did not pursue this; instead, she herself was pursued by God for many years until she finally entered in 1938, aged 34. She made her first vows in 1941 and was professed in 1946.
Shan is best known by many for the twenty years she spent as Mistress General of Woldingham School. Since retiring she kept in touch with many former pupils: appropriately, two of them were her last visitors, having arrived unexpectedly at Duchesne House on Friday.
Until last summer Shan was still able to take part in community life and activities, and used to attend a weekly Tai chi class. She celebrated her 70th anniversary of vows and 107th birthday last August. Since then her 107 years started catching up with her as she became increasingly frail.
Shan would often tell her carers to "always look up, not down", but is best remembered for graciously greeting everyone - whether she recognised them or not - with the words "your presence is your gift". We are sure that Shan will have heard these words this morning, this time said to her as God welcomed her into the fullness of His loving presence.
Funeral and memorial arrangements to be announced later.