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Sister Clare Marie Lyons

 Sister Clare Marie  Lyons
Lyons: Sister Clare Marie, 91, a Sister of St. Martha of Antigonish, died suddenly at Bethany, the Motherhouse, on Thursday, March 27, 2008, in the 73rd year of her religious life. Sister Clare Marie was born in Calgary, Alberta, and was the fifth oldest in a family of eight children. She was the daughter of the late Peter Bernard Lyons and Cecilia (Jennings) Lyons.

Sister entered the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Martha on September 10, 1934. She pronounced her first vows on August 15, 1936, and her perpetual vows on August 15, 1939. Following her first profession, Sister Clare Marie attended St. Francis Xavier University and graduated in 1939 with a B.Sc degree. In 1949 Sister Clare Marie graduated from St. Martha’s School of Nursing, at which time she obtained her R.N. In 1951 she obtained her Master of Science degree in nursing education from Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. Sister Clare Marie was missioned to St. Martha’s School of Nursing from 1939 to 1964, holding positions of instructor, assistant director, and director of nursing. In 1964 she went to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Glace Bay, as director of the School of Nursing and served in that capacity until 1970. From there she worked as Nursing Education consultant for the Registered Nurses’ Association of Nova Scotia from 1970 to 1980, during which time she resided in Halifax. This ministry involved her being consultant to all Schools of Nursing in Nova Scotia. In 1980, Sister Clare Marie returned to Bethany and became the director of activities for the senior sisters at Bethany. She held that position until 2003, when she, more or less, became fully retired. However, she has continued her ministry as contact and communication person with every graduate from the former Schools of Nursing in Antigonish and Glace Bay, as well as with members of the Registered Nurses’ Association of Nova Scotia.

Sister Clare Marie was the last surviving member of her immediate family. She was predeceased by three sisters; Cecilia, Elizabeth and Mary Theresa, and by four brothers; John Patrick, Joseph Stephen, Father Clarence and Father Edward. She is survived by several nieces and nephews. The remains will be resting at Bethany beginning at 1:15 pm on Sunday, March 30th, where a Celebration of Vigil will be held that same evening at 7:30. Liturgy of Christian Burial will be held Monday afternoon, March 31st at 2:00, in Bethany Chapel. Arrangements are under the direction of MacIsaac Funeral Home Limited, Antigonish.
Service Date
Monday, March 31, 2008