In Memory

Sister M. Ann Patricia Elmore, IHM

February 27, 1900 – April 7, 1986

Sister M. Ann Patricia Elmore, IHM, of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, died on Monday, April 7, 1986 at the Marian Convent in Scranton, Pennsylvania, after an illness.

She was born in Ireland on February 27, 1900, and given the name Mary (Minnie). She was the daughter of the late Patrick and Ann Trainor Elmore. She entered the IHM Congregation on November 10, 1927, received the religious habit on August 15, 1928, and made profession of her vows on August 2, 1930. In 1944, Sister Ann Patricia completed the naturalization process to become a citizen of the United States.

As a primary teacher, Sister Ann Patricia served on the faculty of the following local schools: St. Rose Elementary School in Carbondale, PA; Holy Name of Jesus Elementary School in Forty-Fort, PA; St. Mary Elementary School in Hollidaysburg, PA; St. Patrick Elementary School in Spangler, PA; and at schools in Lock Haven, Pittsburgh, and Altoona, PA; and in Syracuse, New York.

From 1976 until the time of her death, Sister Ann Patricia served as a prayer minister at the Marian Convent.

She is preceded in death by six brothers, and three sisters.

She is survived by a sister, Mrs. Kathleen Cleneghan, and a brother, Felix Elmore, both of Lisburn, North Ireland, nieces and nephews, including, Sister Moira Murray, IHM of Syracuse, New York and Mrs. Pauline Marmion of Alden, New York.

The funeral will be Thursday, with Mass of Christian Burial in the Marian Convent Chapel at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow at St. Catherine’s Cemetery, Moscow, Pennsylvania. Friends may call at the Marian Convent on Wednesday afternoon or evening.

Memorial contributions may be made to support the retired IHM Sisters c/o the IHM Sisters Retirement Fund, IHM Center, 2300 Adams Avenue, Scranton, PA 18509.

The Congregation of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary benefited from the efforts to bring young women from Ireland to Scranton, Pennsylvania.

Over the years a total of sixty-five young women became professed IHM religious. Their services were received as far west at Coeur d’Alene, Idaho at the IHM Academy and at St. Edward School, Twin Falls, Idaho. The southern missions witnessed their dedication in Washington, Raleigh, and Rocky Mount, North Carolina. It was remarked that black children in some southern schools were speaking with an Irish brogue! The Sisters from Ireland also served in many locations in Pennsylvania, such as Dushore, Lock Haven, Exeter, Altoona, Pittsburgh, St. Michael’s School in Hoban Heights, Cresson, Pittston, Scranton, and Williamsport. New York and Rhode Island missions also received their services.

Excerpted from The Story of the Native Irish Sisters Who Entered the Congregation of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Scranton Pennsylvania by Sister M. Michel Keenan, IHM, 2006, p.18

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