Canon Shirley Lobley had been ill for some time – but her death came as a shock. She served as a member of the Collaborative Ministry Team in our congregation in St John’s, Alloa. She was prayerful and thoughtful, strong in leadership and generous in sharing ministry. She encouraged the congregation to look ever outwards – the development of the Community House was just one of the initiatives in which she shared. I think that lots of people relied on her strength and her wisdom – I used to take my place in the queue. This is what I said at her funeral.
It’s a big loss for the congregation and the diocese – but more for her husband, David and the family. They will be in the prayers of all of us.