A much loved and re­spected lady

Mrs.resta Wick­re­mas­ingha

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - FEATURES -

Mrs.resta Wick­re­mas­ingha came from an af­flu­ent Bap­tist fam­ily from Ker­awalapi­tiya, Hen­dala, Her par­ents Mr. & Mrs. Robert de Al­wis were blessed with two chil­dren, Resta and her brother Leslie.

I knew her only at the tail end of her life, so what­ever I am writ­ing about her is hearsay, and that’s from my hus­band, for she had moved closely with his par­ents.

She was a highly qual­i­fied lady in all as­pects but she had been a spe­cial cho­sen ves­sel to do the Lord’s work. Her preach­ing had been ex­cel­lent, al­though she was not a priest. She had been much loved and re­spected by all who knew her, she had etched her name in he Bap­tist world.

I came to know her only in 1970 and at that time she resided in the Prin­ci­pal’s bun­ga­low at Carey Col­lege, Colombo. She was mar­ried to the late Dr. W. G. Wick­re­mas­ingha who was the Prin­ci­pal of the Col­lege and also the Pres­i­dent of the Bap­tist Sanga­maya.

They were blessed with three girls. A few years back one of them was taken to her eter­nal home leav­ing be­hind her hus­band and a young fam­ily.

“From the time my par­ents re­tired and came to re­side at Hen­dala and we be­came mem­bers of the Hen­dala Bap­tist Church, Mrs. Wick­re­mas­ingha be­came a dear friend to our fam­ily.

My hus­band had the priv­i­lege of work­ing with Mrs. Wick­re­mas­ingha dur­ing his young days. He says she was a well dis­ci­plined lady. Whether it was col­lect­ing funds for the Church or at­tend­ing to the main­te­nance of the church, she wanted ev­ery­thing in or­der and pre­cise. He has shared with me lit­tle hu­mor­ous in­ci­dents which had taken place at that time.

How­ever, much peo­ple hadn’t agreed with her, my hus­band laughs and tells me that at the end of it the work will be done ac­cord­ing to her ad­vice. Af­ter meet­ing in the church she would drop in at my hus­band’s parental home to have a chat with them and share her views.

It was due to the con­cern she had for my hus­band and the con­cern her close friend and as­so­ciate the late Mrs. Clarice de Mel had for me that my hus­band and I are shar­ing our lives to­gether to­day.

I be­lieve that this was the last act of kind­ness she per­formed be­fore she was called home by the mas­ter at the rel­a­tively young age of 51, her death an­niver­sary falls on the 10th of No­vem­ber.

“Pre­cious in the sight of the Lord is­thedeathofh­is­faith­fulser­vants. LAKSHMIE MAWALA

NEE DE SILVA

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