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Sister Kathleen Mary Gay died on April 28, 2017, in Mother Theodore Hall, St. Mary-of-the-Woods. She was born in Woburn, Mass., on Aug. 27, 1921, to William and Mary Ellen Carroll Gay, and was baptized Kathleen Mary.
Sister entered the Congregation of the Sisters of Providence on July 22, 1944, and was given her baptismal name as her religious name. She professed Final Vows on Jan. 23, 1952. She earned a bachelor's degree from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College and a master's degree from Rivier College in Nashua, N.H. In her 72 years as a Sister of Providence, Sister ministered as an elementary teacher and principal for 40 years in schools in Indiana, Illinois, North Carolina, Massachusetts, Maryland and New Hampshire. In 1987 she retired from teaching but took up residence in her home state of Massachusetts, volunteering at a parochial school in Chelsea for 26 more years. In 2014, she came to the Motherhouse, where she devoted herself totally to the ministry of prayer.
Sister Kathleen Mary was the epitome of graciousness. Her very presence was welcoming. Even as she dealt with near blindness in her last years, she was always attentive and concerned for those around her and grateful for any service rendered her.
Sister is survived by nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by three sisters, Marjorie Gay, Dorothy Doherty and Edna Gay; and a brother, William J. Gay.
The wake will be from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on May 8 in the Church of the Immaculate Conception with the wake service at 4:30. The mass of Christian burial will be at 11 a.m. on May 9 with the Rev. Daniel R. Hopcus presiding. Burial is in the Cemetery of the Sisters of Providence. DeBaun Funeral Homes and Crematory assisted with arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of Providence, 1 Sisters of Providence, St. Mary-of-the-Woods, IN 47876.
Published on May 5, 2017
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