DENISE Inge, wife of the Bishop of Worcester, has lost her battle against cancer, the diocese has said.
"It's with immense sadness that we need to report that Denise, Bishop John's wife, died during the afternoon of Sunday, April 20, after her condition deteriorated rapidly in the night. Bishop John was with Denise as she died, as were their daughters and Denise's mother and sister who had recently flown in from America.
"Bishop John said: 'My most beloved Denise died at 3pm today. The end was mercifully quick: she was up and about laughing and joking, welcoming friends and making bolognaise sauce yesterday.
"It's appropriate that the Lord should have taken her to himself on Easter Day, the day of resurrection.
"She believed in that resurrection fervently - though she did not want to die because she wanted to be here to care for her precious girls.
"The dean brought her communion and anointed her this morning - and she was keen for us all to sing hymns of Christ's victory over death. She was full of faith right to the end.
"May the risen Lord Jesus, whom she served so faithfully, welcome her into his loving arms and lead her to our gracious God and Father. May she rest in peace and rise in glory.'
"Please pray for Bishop John, Eleanor and Olivia at this very difficult time. Details of the funeral will be made available as soon as they're finalised."
Tweeted tributes to Denise Inge
Prayers for Bishop a John & his family as we remember with love & give thanks for the life of Denise Inge pic.twitter.com/yIs6f2tJjI— HuntingdonTCA (@TCAnglicans) April 21, 2014
Very sad news about Denise Inge. RIP. http://t.co/3WqAdTT19u— Edward Davies (@hearfrommiii) April 21, 2014
Deeply saddened by news of death of Denise Inge.Many in Worcester will mourn her passing.Thoughts & prayers with @BishopWorcester & family— Joy Squires (@JoySquires) April 21, 2014
Very sad to learn of the death of Denise Inge. Scholar, wife, mother and extraordinarily brave in the face of cancer.— Parish of Evesham (@ParishofEvesham) April 21, 2014
Very sad to learn of death of Denise Inge, wife of @BishopWorcester . Thoughts & prayers with Bishop John & their girls. RIP.— Kevin Ward (@ArgusKevinWard) April 21, 2014
Denise Inge inspired many Quiet Gardeners So grateful for her involvement Deep sympathy to all who knew & loved her. http://t.co/AqHp8vIJ9Y.— Quiet Garden Trust (@QuietGardens) April 21, 2014
So very sad to learn of the death of Denise Inge, a wonderful theologian and inspiration to many of us.— Paula Gooder (@paulargooder) April 20, 2014
Sad news that Denise Inge died yesterday afternoon. Love and prayers for Bp John and their girls.— Lyn Rowson (@revdormouse) April 21, 2014
Very sad to learn of the death of Denise Inge. Scholar, wife, mother and extraordinarily brave in the face of cancer.— Andrew Spurr (@Andrew_Spurr) April 20, 2014
Very sad to hear that Denise Inge died today. She was much loved in Ely, and a greatly talented person. A huge loss to the Church.— Elaine Storkey (@ElaineStorkey) April 20, 2014
“@CraigBatemanWYC: Saddened to hear that Denise Inge, the much-loved wife of the Bishop of Worcester has today passed away Such sad news!— Fran Oborski (@cllrfranoborski) April 20, 2014
@BishopWorcester heartbreaking news that Denise Inge has died. May the consolation and peace of Christ be with John, Olivia and Eleanor— Kalantha Brewis (@barefootsquaw) April 20, 2014
“RIP Denise Inge, wife of @BishopWorcester who died this morning. Wonderful lady. Light perpetual shine upon her.” And pray 4 +John & family— sue penfold (@PenfoldSue) April 20, 2014
So sad to hear the news of the death of Denise Inge. May she RIP & rise in glory. Prayers to +John and his daughters. http://t.co/ZtmwTYNRv4— Jan Payne (@elymusic1) April 20, 2014
Saddened to hear Denise Inge much-loved wife of @BishopWorcester has passed away. Appropriate that it be Eastertide. Deepest condolences— Craig Bateman (@CraigBatemanWYC) April 20, 2014
I am sure that our Counties' prayers & thoughts are with our Bishop at this sad time.— Adrian Hardman (@CllrAHardman) April 21, 2014
Jim and I were deeply saddened to hear that Denise Inge passed away this Easter Sunday. Our thoughts and prayers with Bishop John and family— Harriett Baldwin (@HBaldwinMP) April 21, 2014