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Christus spricht: “Ich bin die Auferstehung und das Leben.”

(Johannesevangelium 11,25)

Christiane Maria Beaumont 10. November 1930, Berlin – 5. März 2018.

Martha Mitchell 23. Oktober 1920, Osnabrück – 21. März 2018, Cambridge, 97 Jahre

Charlotte Boggis-Clarke 7. März 1912, Schlüchtern (Hessen) – 27. März 2018, (Milton Keynes), 106 Jahre

Wir danken Gott für das Leben, das er schenkt, und beten um Trost für alle, die um ihre Lieben trauern.

“Gott spricht: Ich will euch trösten, wie einen seine Mutter tröstet.” (Jesaja 66,13)

Christiane Maria Beaumont

Christiane was born in Berlin, Charlottenburg and came to the UK with her son in 1956 and eventually settled in Billericay, Essex. She was well known in Billericay and was seen as somewhat of a character and known by many as “Mrs B”.

She had a successful career working for more than 20 years as Technical Translator at Ford Motor Company, in Dunton. Christiane leaves behind 2 children and 5 grandchildren. She will be hugely missed.

Christian Beaumont

Martha Mitchell

Martha Sophie Lippek was born in Osnabruck on 23 October 1920 where she excelled at school in English. During her childhood, the church was already in the very heart of her life. It was a deep faith that would sustain her every day for the rest of her life. Being fluent in English, she worked for the British section of the local government in her city as the war finished and that is how she met her husband Stanley who was working there as a translator for the British army. Stanley would eventually return to complete his degree at Jesus College, Cambridge and when he became a German and French teacher at the Perse School a couple of years after the war, Martha then came over and they married in Stanley’s hometown of Bradford. Her parents were not allowed to travel and attend the wedding. In those early years in Cambridge, the German Lutheran community based around the church was a vital link with home. Martha had three children Martin, Alan and Janet and spent much of her life bringing them up. She was a devoted wife and loving mother. Christmases were always special, going to the Lutheran Church’s Christmas fairs, ensuring that St Nicholas’ Day was observed and keeping with tradition, opening some of the presents on Christmas Eve. German carols, of course, were sung! In 1966, Martha’s husband became the Housemaster at one of the Perse’s boarding houses in Glebe Road and it was here that she displayed her great kindness and fundamental goodness caring for young boys far away from home until Stanley died suddenly in 1975. She went on to become an auxiliary nurse at Addenbrooke’s and while still attending the church in Shaftesbury Road, she then became a regular worshipper at St James Church in Wulfstan Way where she was heavily involved in church life. She took great joy in seeing her children marry and she became a much-loved grandmother and great-grandmother. Martha was a very active and fit woman even into her 70s and 80s – even taking keep fit classes for the elderly!  – but then failing sight and lack of mobility kept her mainly housebound in the last decade of her life at her home in Stansgate Avenue, often listening to German stations on the radio. She died peacefully at Addenbrooke’s on March 21st aged 97 safe in the knowledge that God was calling her at last.

Alan Mitchell

Charlotte Boggis-Clarke

Charlotte (Lotte to her family) came to England from Germany in the early 1930’s, when her father’s death interrupted her university studies of Sport and Divinity.

She married Rev. Jack Boggis, and had four daughters.

During the war, her only contact with her mother in Germany was through the Red Cross in Switzerland. In the 50’s and 60’s, the family spent most summer holidays with their relations in Germany, where her daughters initially learnt German through contact with their many male cousins. Her only surviving daughter, Angela, is still in regular touch with several surviving German cousins. 

Lotte was widowed at 56, and later re-married to Prof. Malcolm Clarke. They moved to Spain for several years, where she mastered yet another foreign language.  After her divorce, she moved to a flat in the Old Print Works in Newport Pagnell.

She was a regular churchgoer at Newport Pagnell Parish Church, as well as the German Lutheran community in Cambridge. She was always very active – from cycling across the Alps during her university holidays to still swimming at family holidays well into her 90’s.

She lived independently in her flat until three years ago, when she moved into Bay House in Olney, where she was very well cared for.

She will be greatly missed by her daughter Angela, three grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.

Angela Croome

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