RAmsbottom-Isherwood:Information about Annie Cecile Ramsbottom-Isherwood
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Annie Cecile Ramsbottom-Isherwood (b. 14 Nov 1862, d. 20 Feb 1906)Annie Cecile Ramsbottom-Isherwood (daughter of Richard Ramsbottom-Isherwood and Anna Clarendon Cox) was born 14 Nov 1862 in Hillington Lodge, Uxbridge, Middlesex, UK, and died 20 Feb 1906 in London, England.
Notes for Annie Cecile Ramsbottom-Isherwood:
Unmarried. 1881 census staying with her Uncle Thomas Cox in Bath Somerset at 7 Stanley St
MOTHER CECILE CR
Annie Cecilia Ramsbottom Isherwood was born in Uxbridge, Middlesex, England in 1862. Her parents were well-to-do and she was educated privately. Her parents died at an early age and she was brought up by relatives in London where she attended St Peter's Church, Eaton Square.
She was twenty one when Bishop Webb came to preach in St Peter's on the text "I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision". It was at this service she felt called to join him and his team in Grahamstown. Once the work of the volunteers had been established, Bishop Webb asked Cecile if she would be prepared to start an order of sisters. She agreed and was clothed as a novice in 1884. Sadly her brother and sister refused to have anything more to do with her at this point.
One co-worker said of her: "she was so fresh, so simple and natural and seemed unconscious of the love and joy which flowed out from her and made everything glad around her". Cecile herself once said: "The life of the Sister must be the way of the cross, self-surrender and self sacrifice. We are not Sisters of the Resurrection to escape trials, but to enable us to go forward to triumph over them victoriously".
A young man wrote after her death: "Her greatest attraction was that nothing was too bad for her. She entered into every bit of one's life, and one could tell her anything, sorrow, joys, faults, and she sympathized with everything and always saw the amusing side of everything too with that dear twinkle in her eye. There never was nor will be anyone quite like her again".
In 1905, she was in great pain and seriously ill with cancer. It was decided that she should return to England for rest and perhaps an operation. Unable to rest, she again attended meetings to raise funds for the College and its chapel. During one of these meetings she collapsed and had to undergo the operation. She did not survive more than a few days and died on 20 February 1906.
A telegram was sent to the small Community in Grahamstown: "Mother rests, her peace our comfort".
Her last words were: "Oh! don't let the sparkle go out of the place".