I remember when Tom and Mark were really young watching Moira play with them using a glove puppet. She did it so well that I have not forgotten those few minutes. Somehow she managed to bring that puppet to life in such an appealing way that the puppet really was alive and interacting with the children. They only played for a short while but I was so impressed by Moira's understanding of how to engage the children and make that puppet lifelike that I have remembered it ever since. I'm sure Moira would have said it was nothing but in that little event she gave me something I have treasured. I imagine many people will have felt the same kind of inspiration in her company.
Sent by Lydia on 29/04/2016
We were part of the life of St Michael's Parish Church at Highgate 1982-85. There was Moira - a beacon of light in her unassuming faith. She functioned as a role model to the younger women of the choir. There was the musical sound of her laughter and her astonishing occasional renderings of the complex organ music of Messaien. She was working as a medical social worker at the time and she knew the tragedies of ill-health. We were glad to hear of the caring that she received as her life dwindled away. She leaves behind recollections of a joyful personality and of beauty in her faith.
Richard & Linda Ginn, Suffolk
Sent by Richard on 27/04/2016
As we grew up and saw Moira and the rest of her Harnett family on holidays I came to realise that she was the most artistically talented person I knew – by a long way. I was therefore rather in awe of her, but I need not have been. I can remember meeting her in Birmingham when she came for an interview and she was lots of fun and immediately made me think musical scholarships and the like were, well, fine and good but not a subject for personal pride.
Moira’s life was not, alas, to bring her the adulation of enraptured audiences. Her achievement was infinitely greater – God’s grace demonstrated in adversity. To have seen that is to have been touched by the One Who made all the talents there have ever been, and of course Moira’s too. And Who gave grace: tough grace, grace with tears, grace with many questions, but still Grace.
For Moira and for all who cared for and sustained her, thank-you.
John & Alyson Holden
Sent by John on 01/04/2016