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Poignant video tribute to Derry nun Sister Clare Crockett on last Christmas before Ecuador quake death

By Claire Williamson

The order of the Derry nun killed in an earthquake in Ecuador has released footage of her last Christmas before she died.

Sister Clare Theresa Crockett was based at a school in Playa Prieta with the Home of the Mother order.

She died when a stairwell collapsed in a school on April 17 2016. The missionary of 15 years was teaching young children to play the guitar when the disaster occurred.

She had been trying to lead them to safety when the four storey building they were in collapsed on top of them.

Her body was found under rubble by search and rescue teams.

Sister Clare was described as “a diamond of the family” by a relative who said she died as she lived; "helping people".

"Everybody loved her," said cousin Emmet Doyle, "she was a superstar."

The newly compiled footage shows Sister Crockett playing the guitar during a Christmas Eve dinner in 2015 - which would sadly become her last.

Posting the footage the Order said: "We share these images of Sr. Clare Crockett playing the guitar during Christmas Eve dinner 2015: her last Christmas here on earth.

"We hope that her joy may reach you all and encourage you to welcome the birth of Baby Jesus with that same enthusiasm."

It was during a pilgrimage when she was aged just 17 that the self-confessed party animal found God.

She signed up for what she thought was a free trip to Spain only for her to later realise it was for a pilgrimage during Holy Week. It was during this trip that she realised the Grace of God and realised she had to change her ways.

This trip changed her life.

In another video complied by the Order it shows her saying: "So I don't know what to do with myself now. I could become really famous and really rich, or I can come here and pray to God that I made the right decision."

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