Maud Kells Obituary – Death: Fearless Co Tyrone Missionary who Survived a Murder Bid in Africa, Maud Kells, Dies At 84
Maud Kells Obituary (OBE made international headlines after she was shot by thieves at her Congo jungle compound in Mulita in 2015
The missionary midwife, who originally left Co. Tyrone for the DRC in 1968, survived several national uprisings, trained countless nurses, built several schools and hospitals, taught at a Bible college, and eventually wrote a book about her extraordinary life called ‘An Open Door’.
A notice on the Funeral Times website states that Ms. Kells died peacefully at the Macmillan Unit of the Antrim Area Hospital on Thursday.
She is described as the “beloved daughter of the late William Andrew and Madge Kells, dearly loved sister of Margaret, Dorothy and the late Irene, sister-in-law of Colin, Harold and Tom, and a cherished aunt and great-aunt.”The notice adds: “Everyone is welcome at Moneymore Road on Friday from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.”
“Funeral service in Molesworth Presbyterian Church on Sunday, October 29 at 2.15 p.m., followed by interment in St. John’s Parish Churchyard, Moneymore.
“Family flowers only, please. Donations in lieu, if desired, are payable to Steenson Funeral Services (Charities a/c), 11 Loy Street, Cookstown, BT80 8PZ for W.E.C. International.”In a social media post, Moneymore Congregational Church said: “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Maud Kells today.
“Maud passed into Eternity and into the arms of her Saviour after a time of sickness. Well done, my good and faithful servant.”
The All-Ireland Mothers’ Union said: It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Maud Kells, OBE. The family wishes to express sincere thanks for all the messages of support received already this morning.”