OWENSBORO, KY - Sister Mary Frances McDonagh, 87, an Ursuline Sister of Mount Saint Joseph, passed away Nov. 22, 2011 at Mount Saint Joseph, in her 64th year of religious life.
A native of Trienbawn, County Galway, Ireland, she was an Ursuline Sister of Belleville, Ill., before the merger of that community with the Ursulines of Mount Saint Joseph in October 2005. She entered the community in England, coming to Belleville in 1954.
Sister Frances loved people, she made friends wherever she went, always greeting others with her warm smile and her gentle Irish accent.
Sister Frances taught for 36 years in East St. Louis, Belleville and Mascoutah, Ill. She was also a registered nurse. She served as assistant vocation director for the Diocese of Belleville and, was a member of the leadership team of her community several times.
Survivors include two sisters, Sister Mary Patrick McDonagh, Maple Mount, and Eileen McDonagh, along with a sister-in-law, Delia McDonagh, both of County Galway, Ireland; nieces and nephews, and the members of her religious community.
The funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, at Mount Saint Joseph, where visitation will begin Sunday at 4 p.m., with a wake service following at 6:30 p.m.
Glenn Funeral Home and Crematory, Owensboro, is in charge of arrangements.
Gifts in memory of Sister Mary Frances McDonagh may take the form of donations to the Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph, 8001 Cummings Road, Maple Mount, KY 42356.
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