Lucy Marian Lomas was born on January 3rd 1891 in Moss Side and all her life lived in the South Manchester area, indeed for the last sixty years of her life she lived in St Chrysostom’s parish. She died on 7th August 1965.
‘It was a great shock to hear that Miss Lomas had collapsed and had been taken to Manchester Royal Infirmary’ wrote Hubert Field, Churchwarden, in 1965. He continues: ‘She died twenty four hours later without regaining consciousness. A shy, retiring and somewhat nervous individual, few of her many acquaintances were able to penetrate to the sterling qualities and scholarship she possessed. At the age of twenty Miss Lomas gained her MA and became the youngest of her day to achieve this distinction, having secured many outstanding prizes during her classical studies. She devoted her life to teaching in Manchester and there are many of her old scholars who remember her with affectionate gratitude.’
‘She was a regular and devoted member of St Chrysostom’s Church. During the last few months she had caused many of her friends to be anxious for her well being but with her customary independence she rejected all offers of help and struggled to the last to be self sufficient.’
Church magazines of the past record the names of many whose names are now forgotten, and yet their quiet faithfulness strengthened and supported the church, enabling it to move to future generations. She had lived in the 1930s in Darbishire House, not far from St Chrysostom’s Church. It was then a hostel for professional single women. From there she moved to the house which was to be her home for the rest of her life – 25, Milverton Road, close to church.
Miss Lomas most probably belongs to that group of unmarried woman whose strong mindedness, independence and brilliance of mind were both a blessing and at times an affliction. Her personal devotion and regular attendance at church would, quietly, add much to the church, whilst personally, because of her nature, she may have withdrawn from many aspects of church life.
This is the fourth in a series of blog posts about people connected with our church which we are posting in conjunction with a book we are publishing: St Chrysostom’s People telling of some of the people who, through the church’s 140 or so years, have had a part in making St Chrysostom’s what it is today. Here on our church blog we are adding a few more people to those of the book.