Congregational Register No. 331
First Profession: 03.10.1959
Died: 09.11.2010 82 years
Sister Marguerite was born in Kilteevan, six miles east of Roscommon town. She trained as a nurse at Western General Hospital in Hull and gained experience nursing in Canada. She returned to England to train in midwifery in Liverpool before she responded to the call to join MMM in 1957.
Her first missionary assignment in 1960 was to Nigeria, where she staffed at Urua Akpan, Use Abat, Ikot Ene and Anua. A quiet and very efficient member of our community, nobody wanted to let her go, but she was eventually recalled from Africa. She specialised in children’s nursing in Liverpool in 1972. She then became sister in the children’s unit at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda.
In 1982 she was asked to go to America, where she served at our mission at Clinchco, Virginia, and covered mission awareness work all over the United States.
In 1987, on returning to Ireland, she was assigned to Kilmacow, Co. Kilkenny, where MMM managed a residential home for the elderly at Rosedale.
Despite failing health in recent years, her death came as a shock to all of us. When her remains were brought back to Kilmacow, the parish of St. Senan celebrated a loving farewell Mass before we brought her to Drogheda for our own farewell and burial. Our hearts go out to her loving family who mourn her loss with us.