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In Memory

Sr. Martha Chacko Arangassery (Mary Defrosa)

                           16 -2 -1932 to 10 – 10 - 1918

Sr. Martha was born on 16th February, 1932 in Peramangalam, Trichur Dist., Kerala.  She was the 7th child of their 13 children.  Her mother passed away when she was about 10 years old and this affected the little Martha very much.  From her childhood Martha wanted to give herself to God and chose to be a religious sister.
After her studies she came to our Convent in Palluruthy. She was there for nearly a year preparing herself to enter the Postulancy. She entered the Postulancy on 10th February, 1958.  She completed her novitiate in Ketti, Nilgiris.  She took the religious habit on 11th February, 1959 and received the religious name as Dafrosa.  She made her temporary vows on 19th March 1962.  Thereafter she passed through various apostolates like Atelier, Kindergarten school and community service. She was a very committed religious and did everything to the best of her ability. When she was in Kazipet, Andhra Pradesh, she was travelling with few other sisters and they met with a car accident. This had an impact on her health in the years to come.  
She was sent to Our Lady of Providence Community, Bangalore in 2007 to help with community services. Though not in good health, she did everything with great love and she was very faithful to her religious exercises, especially the Holy Mass. She did everything with great love and dedication. She was very punctual for everything and she had a great love for the poor especially children. She had green fingers. Whatever she panted would flourish . In most of the work rooms she created her own garden. She watched news on the TV and everyday brought those concerns in her prayers. We will miss her  amusing ways of moving around in the community and her witty remarks which kept us laughing.
 Towards the end of September, 2018, she had severe attack of asthma, taken to the hospital and treated for the same.  Back from the hospital she was complaining of pain in the pelvic region and abdomen. Doctors after necessary observation recommended a laparotomy. On 3rd October she underwent the surgery.  On opening her abdomen, her rectum and adjoining parts of large intestine were found to be with infection and gangrene.  Her condition slowly worsened, she lost unconsciousness and her vital organs steadily deteriorated and on 10th October at 3.47 am she peacefully responded to the call of her Master.
We will miss our dear Sr. Martha and we pray that she will find eternal Happiness with all the blessed.
Teresa SMartis fmm
Provincial Secretary