‘Sister Ethel’, champion of PE’s poor, passes away

Sister Ethel Normoyle, pictured here with Nelson Mandela Bay mayor, Nqaba Bhanga, has died. She was recently diagnosed with lung cancer. (PHOTO: Facebook)

Originally published in News 24

A little more than a month after a virtual prayer session was held for founder of the Missionvale Care Centre, Sister Ethel Normoyle who was recently diagnosed with lung cancer, passed away in Dublin, Ireland.

Sister Ethel, as she was affectionately known by many, returned home when she received her diagnosis to receive palliative care surrounded by family and friends in Ireland.

She spent more than 50 years in South Africa and almost 40 of those years were spent lovingly serving the community of Missionvale, Port Elizabeth.

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In a heartfelt letter to the community of Missionvale just before she left, Sister Ethel said that the past 34 years had been the happiest years of her life.

“I have loved being with you and I will never forget you! You have blessed me and I treasure you so very, very much. You will always be in my heart and prayers. I love you forever,” Sister Ethel wrote.

Nelson Mandela Bay mayor, Nqaba Bhanga, shared a message of condolences on Monday, at Sister Ethel’s passing. “We are thankful and grateful for the more than 50 years of service to the communities she served in Nelson Mandela Bay – may her spirit of selfless giving continue to inspire us all. We pray for Sister Ethels’ family, colleagues and the thousands of lives she touched, during this period of bereavement and mourning,” Bhanga said.

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