Sister Anne Elizabeth was born in Cloncovid, Co. Longford in 1924. One of eleven children, she received her early education in Longford. After completing studies in domestic economy she joined the Medical Missionaries of Mary in 1946.
Her first assignment was to Nigeria in 1949, where she was initially involved in housekeeping. She later opened two MMM missions in Nigeria, in Urua Akpan and Use Abat.
Returning to Ireland, she guided young women in their early days in MMM in Clonmel and then spent sixteen years in Airmount Hospital, Waterford.
She was an excellent cook and had a true spirit of hospitality, which she showed in the welcome she extended to all. The poor had a special place in her heart. Three years in MMM leadership in Winchester, MA, in the USA, was followed by a year in London, in the apostolic delegation. She then spent six years in vocation work and leadership in Ireland.
After training in pastoral care in Pittsburgh, PA, USA, Sister Anne served as a pastoral associate. She loved pastoral work and on her return to Ireland, continued in pastoral ministry. She worked for the next twenty years in several hospitals in Drogheda: the IMTH, the Cottage Hospital, St. Mary’s, and Boyne View House.
She retired to Beechgrove, Drogheda in 2001 and transferred to Áras Mhuire in 2007.
She died on 31 December 2012 after a long illness.