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Friday 22 August 2014

Tributes as our second oldest person Sr Mary dies at 109

Brian Byrne

Published 02/06/2014 | 02:30

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Sister Mary Victor Waters died peacefully from natural causes at the Lady of the Angels Convent in Tenafly, New Jersey, in the US last week.
Sister Mary Victor Waters died peacefully from natural causes at the Lady of the Angels Convent in Tenafly, New Jersey, in the US last week.

THE second oldest living Irish person died last Tuesday at the age of 109 years and eight-and-a-half months.

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Sister Mary Victor Waters died peacefully at the Lady of the Angels Convent in Tenafly, New Jersey, in the US last week after becoming ill in April.

The nun was born in Cornamona, Co Galway, on September 14, 1904 and moved to the US in 1925.

Sr Mary joined the Missionary Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception in 1928 and served in a number of states, including New York, Illinois and Massachusetts.

She joined the Lady of the Angels Convent in Tenafly in 2004 where she was an assistant mistress of novices, responsible for training young women to become nuns in both Rome and Massachusetts.

Hundreds of people, including several family members and the local mayor filled the chapel at the convent for the funeral on Saturday, and she was buried at the Lady of the Angels Cemetery.

Sister Pat Coyle at the Lady of the Angels Convent described Sr Mary as "a very kind and thoughtful woman".

Sr Pat told the Irish Independent: "She prayed and offered to pray for people right up until she got sick."

Kathleen Hayes Rollins Snavley is the oldest living Irish person aged 112 and is living in New York.

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