Humble, Monica
1926- 2015

Missionary in West Africa, born in Yanwath, near Penrith on 2 March 1926. She attended Penrith grammar school and obtained a BA in English, Divinity and Philosophy and a Diploma in Education at St. Hilda's College, Durham. After two years teaching at Chichester Girls High School she was accepted by the Methodist Missionary Society for work in Nigeria, where she taught for ten years in Lagos, before returning to work on the Mission House staff and with the World Council of Churches. A year at Lancaster University earned her an MA in Religious Education in 1981, before she was sent by the Missionary Society to become the Principal of a teacher training college in Freetown, Sierra Leone and travelling widely to support adult education.

Back in Britain, she became a leading member of Torrisholme Church in Morecambe and also in the nearby village of Middleton. She was in great demand as a local preacher and a speaker on her Africa experience. Her active social concern, and especially her involvement in a local Credit Union was recognised by her being named in 2006 as Lancaster District's Volunteer of the Year. In2012 she became a valued resident in the Westerley care home at Grange-over-Sands, where she died on 28 April 2015.

  • Methodist Recorder, 12 June 2015