In Memory

Sister Mary Bede Douglas, IHM

August 24, 1884 – April 28, 1959

Sister Mary Bede Douglas, IHM, of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary died on Wednesday, April 29, 1959.

She was born on August 14, 1884 in Liverpool, England, and given the name Marie. She was the daughter of the late Thomas and Mary McHarlen Douglas. She entered the IHM Congregation on March 25, 1912, received the religious habit on August 2, 1913, and made profession of her vows on July 6, 1915.

Sister Mary Bede served as a teacher at the following schools: Laurel Hill Academy in Susquehanna, PA; Most Holy Rosary Elementary School in Syracuse, NY; St. John the Evangelist Elementary School in Pittston, PA; St. Rose Elementary School in Carbondale, PA; Sacred Heart of Mary Elementary School in Jermyn, PA; and St. Bernard Elementary School in Hastings, PA.

She is survived by nieces and nephews.

Interment is at St. Catherine’s Cemetery in Moscow, Pennsylvania.

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.

Archival Remembrance:

On the day of her death, Sister Mary Bede Douglas had spent the morning in the chapel in her wheelchair. In her small crippled hands moved the almost ceaseless on her rosary. At about two o’clock in the afternoon, a weak spell was noticed. Shortly after six o’clock that evening amid the prayers of the chaplain and the Sisters, her gentle soul went peacefully to God. Sister Mary Bede was always quiet; she met all with a kind smile which was the index to her calm, gentle soul. In the places which were blessed with her presence, she will be long remembered for her careful teaching, her zealous care of God’s little ones, and for the generosity she manifested in sewing for the Sisters of her convent. In her last years, she was unable to use her arm, but she never lost her sweetness and gentleness.

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