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Tributes pour in after death of ‘the Mother Teresa of Gravesend’

PUBLISHED: 09:40 12 March 2013 | UPDATED: 09:44 12 March 2013

Miriam Braby passed away on February 8.

Miriam Braby passed away on February 8.

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Tributes for a woman described as “the Mother Teresa of Gravesend” have been pouring after she passed away last month.

Miriam Braby (second from right) with students from India, Poland and Cambodia.Miriam Braby (second from right) with students from India, Poland and Cambodia.

Miriam Braby, 91, of Overcliffe, devoted a large part of her life to helping immigrants settle in the country, but sadly died from a congested cardiac failure on February 8.

She was known in the area for teaching English from her home, where she would also rent rooms to foreign students and encourage cultures to blend.

Shaminder Bedi, 58, first met Miss Braby at the age of 13 and lived with her for 16 years after his family returned to India.

He said: “Gravesend has gained something very special from the life of Miss Braby. The good community relations we enjoy in this town owe much to her commitment and encouragement to make friends and understand each other.

“Her enthusiasm is infectious and people of all races living in the area have been inspired to help her, and hopefully they will carry on what she has started.”

Her efforts began when she founded the Gravesend and District International Club, designed to ive au pairs and students a chance to socialise.

Miss Braby, as she was known to her students, went as far as buying a minibus to take foreign pupils on trips and holidays - all completely voluntary and unpaid.

She was cremated yesterday, followed by a service at St George’s Church, in Church Street, Gravesend.

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