St Michael’s last surviving nun turns 96 today

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MARICELLE BOTHA

Sister Joan Marsh, the last surviving nun associated with St Michael’s School for Girls in Bloemfontein, turns 96 today.

When Courant visited her this morning she was surrounded by friends from the school, Anglican Church and other supporters who wished her well on this incredible milestone.

Marsh says she is still very fond of St Michael’s. "My involvement with the school stretches over the largest period of my life. I was 26 years old when I started there and spent about 66 years with the school.”

Headmaster Braam van Wyk says they are grateful that sister Joan’s mind is still sharp. "Up till about three years ago Sister Joan used to visit the school regularly, but unfortunately due to her health she can’t do this anymore. Now we bring the scholars to come and visit her here in Serenitas."

Longevity has been a feature of the various St Michael’s sisters’ lives. Sister Thirza passed away in June 2005 at the amazing age of 103 years.

Mother Emeritus, Mary Ruth, died in 2006 at the fine age of 101 years. When she turned 100 she undertook a celebratory flip over Bloemfontein in a helicopter.