Sister Lyn England, a much-loved, selfless community worker, died on Friday January 12, in Makhanda.
Born on February 22 1944, she died at the age of 79.
England, or Sister Lyn as she was affectionately known, dedicated her life to helping others through her work at the Cancer Association of SA (Cansa) in East London.
Her daughters, Debby and Wendy, fondly remember her encouraging them to help others.
“She knew from a small girl she wanted to nurse, and so dedicated her whole life to caring for people, from cancer patients to the aged, to the sick and the bereaved.
“It didn’t matter to her what generation she was friends with, or their religious preferences, it was all about kindness and care.
“We miss her terribly already,” Wendy said.
England worked at Kennersley Park’s frail care and would often get her children to help feed the patients.
Michelle Goddard, a colleague and friend of 20 years, said: “She was like an older sister to me, she was my mentor and moral compass, and most importantly, a close friend.
“She was a beautiful soul, so compassionate, kind and caring, with a passion for her patients. She was such a petite person, with the heart of a giant, and she always went the extra mile to help everybody.
“She has made a huge impact on the East London community,” said Goddard.
Faried Kops experienced England’s kindness and compassion when he lost both his mother and sister to cancer.
“We met many years ago through the Guild Theatre and whenever there was a cancer patient in need of help, she’d call me, and I would try help as much as I could with food or any other assistance. She also played a huge role when my mom and sister passed away from cancer,” he said. England also visited patients in informal settlements and townships.
She was involved with the Shavathon at Vincent Park every year where she gleefully sprayed people’s hair, and her own.
Her favourite Cansa event was the Relay for life.
“We were set to let her lead the Survivor Lap thisyear, but sadly, that was not to be.
“This year, on March 9, we will dedicate our Cansa Relay for Life to her,” said Goddard.