CAMP­BELL, Sis­ter Mary Rita, CND

(Sr. St. Josepha)

Cape Breton Post - - Obituaries -

Sis­ter Mary Camp­bell died peace­fully on Wed­nes­day, May 24, 2017 at the CND Health Care Cen­tre, Syd­ney.

Born in Syd­ney, NS, Oc­to­ber 17, 1923, Mary was the daugh­ter of the late Alex and Cather­ine (MacPher­son) Camp­bell.

Upon grad­u­a­tion from Holy An­gels High School, Mary stud­ied at Teach­ers’ Col­lege in Truro. In 1942, she ac­cepted a po­si­tion at Lit­tle Pond, NS and be­gan what was to be a long and ful­fill­ing ca­reer in the teach­ing pro­fes­sion. Mary en­tered the Con­gre­ga­tion on Notre Dame in Au­gust, 1943 and made pro­fes­sion in Au­gust, 1945. That Septem­ber, she re­turned to her former Holy An­gels School, this time as a class­room teacher. In 1956, she moved to the main­land on Nova Sco­tia, teach­ing for six years in Truro and Pic­tou. She re­turned to Syd­ney in 1963 where she taught at Park Ju­nior High be­fore be­com­ing a Read­ing and Re­source Con­sul­tant with the Syd­ney City School Board. In 1980 Sis­ter Mary re­tired from the ca­reer in ed­u­ca­tion that she loved dearly. Her ser­vice, es­pe­cially as a read­ing spe­cial­ist, was greatly ap­pre­ci­ated by par­ents and stu­dents alike.

Upon re­tire­ment from the school sys­tem, Mary con­tin­ued to work with young peo­ple at St. Theresa’s parish in Syd­ney, both in re­li­gious ed­u­ca­tion and as a youth choir direc­tor. Her artis­tic abil­ity as well as her tal­ent in the field of drama were gifts well uti­lized in the many parish pageants she di­rected. As well, Mary served both as lo­cal leader and bur­sar in sev­eral con­vents in the Syd­ney area. Sis­ter Mary was a woman of faith whose life of prayer sus­tained her through­out her many years of ded­i­cated ser­vice to oth­ers.

In 2011 Mary moved to the as­sisted liv­ing fa­cil­ity at Park­land, Cape Bre­ton. Sev­eral years later, de­clin­ing health brought her to the CND Health Care Cen­tre where she con­tin­ued her min­istry of prayers for oth­ers, while be­ing lov­ingly min­is­tered to by our ded­i­cated staff.

Sis­ter Mary is sur­vived by her brother, John Hugh (Joyce), London, ON, and by her sis­terin-law, Joan Camp­bell, Syd­ney. She was pre­de­ceased by brothers, James, Joseph, and Ge­orge.

Visi­ta­tion for Sis­ter Mary will be held Sun­day, May 28, 2017 from 2-5 p.m. at T.W. Curry Parkview Chapel, Syd­ney.

Fu­neral Liturgy will be cel­e­brated on Mon­day at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Fa­tima Church, Syd­ney River, with Rev. Bill Burke of­fi­ci­at­ing. In­ter­ment will be in Res­ur­rec­tion Cemetery, Syd­ney Forks.

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