Death of Baptist missionary

A BAPTIST missionary born in Ipswich who lived in Felixstowe for many years has died aged 100.Amy Poole was the oldest surviving retired missionary of the Strict (now Grace) Baptist Mission before she died at the Westcliff home in Felixstowe.

A BAPTIST missionary born in Ipswich who lived in Felixstowe for many years has died aged 100.

Amy Poole was the oldest surviving retired missionary of the Strict (now Grace) Baptist Mission before she died at the Westcliff home in Felixstowe.

She was born on September 1, 1901, and lived at Alexandra Road, Ipswich. She attended the Bethesda Baptist Church and later trained as a nurse at Bethnal Green Hospital.

In 1927 she sailed for India as a missionary and, despite never having learned another language, she passed all her examinations in Tamil. She resigned from the Mission in 1939 because of ill-health but in the early 1950s Miss Poole returned to India to work at the Hebron High School until ill-health forced her return home.

She settled in Felixstowe where she was a member of the Bethesda church, Cavendish Road. She celebrated her 100th birthday at the Golden Sunset home shortly before it closed.

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