Tributes have been paid to Sue Egerton, Diocese of Lichfield Mothers’ Union President, following her death aged 64.
Sue took over as president in 2016 after serving as an active branch member in Cheddleton, North Staffordshire, for many years. She died on 13 February after battling a long illness. Sue’s funeral is on Tuesday 3 March at 1.45pm at St Edward the Confessor, Cheddleton, followed by committal at Carmountside Crematorium.
Mothers’ Union is a Christian charity that has been supporting families worldwide for over 140 years and aims to demonstrate faith in action through the transformation of communities. There are over 80 Mother’s Union branches, and 1,200 members, across Lichfield Diocese
The Bishop of Lichfield, the Rt Revd Dr Michael Ipgrave, said: “Sue was an inspirational Christian, who witnessed to her Lord both in the energy and passion with which she lived her life in the service of others, and in the courage and faith with which she faced her death trusting in God’s love. I join with the members of the Mothers’ Union in the diocese in paying tribute to all that she gave us through her encouragement of the many projects and areas to which that wonderful organisation is committed.”
Sue married Tom on 28 April 1979 and had two children, Mark and Gemma, and four grandchildren, Skye, Eleanor, Harry and Jade.
There was a strong family tradition of Mothers’ Union involvement and Sue carried this on wholeheartedly.
She was a Cheddleton branch member for over 30 years and during this time has held many positions; Cheddleton branch leader, Leek Deanery Young Families Representative and she also ran the Cheddleton Young Families Group. On a diocesan level, Sue held the posts of General Trustee, Action & Outreach Coordinator, Market & Fundraising Coordinator and Diocesan President.
Adie Harris, Diocesan Administrator for Mothers’ Union, said: “Sue’s faith shone through everything that she did and we often joked that she was like a stick of rock - if you cut her in half it would say Mothers’ Union all the way through!
“She was passionate about supporting and showing the love of God to all and recent projects she has been instrumental in included ‘MUMBags’ for teenage mum’s, ‘life sucks without socks’ supporting the homeless over winter and supporting the funding of a modern slavery campaigner in partnership with The Clewer Initiative and Transforming Communities Together.
“Sue was an amazing, courageous, loving, Christian and the world is a poorer place for her passing – but what joy she must be bringing to heaven.”