In Memory of Mitsue Walker
On the 2nd of February 2021, Mitsue Walker, the President of the IE Sophians Association, passed away.
We express our deepest gratitude to Mitsue san for these years of precious friendship.
For those of us who live in Ireland, far away from Japan, Mitsue san was always a joyful, kind companion. She supported us with her rich experience in Ireland, her warm personality and her delicate sensitivity as a mother of three daughters. She was always the life of the party. We created many precious memories together. Mitsue san was very Japanese and at the same time very Irish. She combined the best qualities of a Japanese woman with her love of Ireland and Irish way of life. She was so Japanese and Irish at the same time.
At Sophians' gatherings, Mitzi-san gave a message card to each of us for Christmas, and she always talked about her dogs so enthusiastically that it always made us smile. Mitzi san and our member Stephen spoke a lot before he moved to Tokushima. She told him about her life in Matsuyama, about visiting many of the 88 Ohenro temples and about a trip herself and her husband Mark took to Tokushima City 27 years ago. She gave him a lot of insight/advice on life on Shikoku. Also about her first winter in Ireland in 1989. Mitsue-san was just a special person who made everyone happy. She was so pure, balanced, always helped other people and never forgot her great sense of humour.
In 2014, she wrote when creating the IE Sophians Association:
It seems like a mysterious miracle that we of different generations who studied at the Yotsuya Campus in the Far East now share time and space in Ireland on the western end of Europe. We hope to grow this little new Sophia Society, which has just been born in Ireland, with the spirit of Sophians, with much love, sharing joy and sometimes sadness.
Indeed, it has ended up being a deep "sharing of sadness" this time, with her passing.
Thank you Mitsue-san for your loving generosity extended to us. You have given us so much that you have become an important part of all of us and will continue living within us. We are sure everyone she met always received a happy aura from her as she was warm and so cheerful. Mitzi-san, we are sure you made friends to play tennis together in heaven. If there is someone who plays rugby there, you might remember about our member Kiyotani san, and it would be nice if you make more friends up there.
Having you as a friend was a wonderful happy miracle for us, Mitzi san.
You were a beacon of happiness and positivity for us all, and your smiling face and laughter will live on in all of our hearts and minds for many years to come.
I know you are watching over us all now... we will never forget you.
Thank you for all the good times.
Our precious friendship is here forever.
Rest in peace until the day we meet again. God bless you,
Sophians in IE :
and Father Donal Doyle, S.J.