Mary Ronaldson describes herself as a ‘daughter of the manse’.
Her father was a Methodist missionary in Northern Rhodesia and her early life was shaped by her parents, their way of life and faith, and her schooling and upbringing in Rhodesia where she remained until she got married in 1947.
Daughter of the Manse 2.00′
Mary and her husband Bruce started their married life in Tanzania where Bruce was working as a civil servant. They remained there until just before Tanzanian independence in 1960 when they returned to the UK with their young children. Bruce got a job in Oxford. In this extract Mary talks about joining the Wesley Mem in the early 1960s and what it was like back then.
Wesley Memorial in the 1960s 1.45′
Mary has been involved in the Wesley Mem for 55 years and has had many roles over that time. In this extract, she tries to put into words what being a member of the Wesley Memorial means to her.
What Wesley Memorial means to Mary 1.10′
After a period of declining health, Mary passed away peacefully, aged 97, in February 2023.