Dooley, Sr. Elizabeth

Dooley, Sr. Elizabeth

Sr. Elizabeth was born in June 1931. Although she was born in England, her family came from Waterford, and that is where she grew up and had her early education. After school, she moved to Dublin and trained as a nurse in the Meath Hospital and qualified as a midwife in the Rotunda Hospital.

One year after qualifying, Elizabeth joined MMM and after her initial religious formation, continued nursing in the I.M.T.H. (now Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital) for a few years before going on her first mission assignment to Nigeria.
Sr. Elizabeth went to Nigeria in 1959 and worked in Anua at St. Luke’s Hospital for ten years. As she was working as Deputy Matron and also involved in refugee relief work following the Nigerian Civil War. It was at this stage her talents in nursing administration were recognised, she was released for further updating in Scotland. In 1970 she was appointed Director of Nursing back in Drogheda, a post she held for twelve years.

After leaving Drogheda, Elizabeth returned to Airmount Hospital in Waterford where she was Matron for three years before she was recalled to Drogheda to become Secretary Manager in the hospital for six years.

In 1993, now in her sixties, Sr. Elizabeth once again set out on an overseas missionary assignment. This time it was to Kenya where she worked in the Medical Department of the Kenyan Catholic secretariat, was in MMM leadership and finished her time in Kenya as Diocesan Health Coordinator in Kitale.

In 2006, now aged 75, Sr Elizabeth “retired” in Ireland, but of course, she never really retired. She took up residence in KIlmacow, a residence for the care of the elderly. Elizabeth always had great empathy for older people and in 1984 was chosen by the Irish Government as a delegate to attend a World Assembly on Ageing, held in Vienna, Austria. Elizabeth stayed in Kilmacow until MMM withdrew in 2012. She then came to live in Artane, Dublin, until her transfer to Aras Mhuire for extra care in December 2018.

Sr. Elizabeth was a gifted person in so many ways. She loved singing and organising liturgies. She was a good listener and was able to empathize and care for the elderly in a quiet, unobtrusive way.

She was content in her later years and her death in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, after a short admission, came peacefully on May 6th, 2023. She is buried in St. Peter’s Cemetery, Drogheda.

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