Sister Marie Joan Macnamara
1925 – 2018
Born: 27th August 1925
Entered Religious Life: 1st November 1948
Died: 9th July 2018
Morlin Frances Mary was born to Frances Hardy and Donagh Macnamara in Bankyle House, Corofin, Co, Clare on the 27th August, 1925. She entered the Religious Sisters of Charity on the 1st November, 1948 and took the name Sr. Marie Joan.
She had a very interesting and varied life. Having qualified as a nurse before she entered, she went on to do her midwifery and later radiography. In her ministry she was always a true Sister of Charity, totally dedicated to the sick and the needy in Ireland, Zambia, Nigeria, England and Egypt.
Sr. Marie Joan always had a huge capacity for friendship, fun and enjoyment. She had been known to give an exhibition of how to dance the Charlton and the Can-Can, and had many stage-performances at impromptu concerts which often included Percy French songs.
She enjoyed a wonderful friendship with her two brothers, George and Maccon, her sisters-in-law, nieces, grandnieces, grandnephew and a very wide circle of friends. One of the patients in the ward with her in St. Vincent’s requested me to let her know how Sr. got on when she came back to Loyola. She said: “she was a little old saint” and that was after just a few days together. Michael, whom she befriended when they went for dialysis was very faithful in visiting her and saw her shortly before she died.
In her latter years she suffered from ill-health which she bore with exemplary courage and patience. It was difficult for her to come to Loyola on the 25th September, 2017. She said she progressed a ‘tiny bit’ each day in coming to terms with the fact that she needed extra help. She was cared for with great care and gentleness by all in Loyola, and she appreciated this very much. She constantly thanked each one for even the slightest help.
Above all, Sr. Marie Joan was a kind, supportive sister in community, devoted to her prayer-life, devoted to the Congregation and loving and faithful to her family and friends. She died very peacefully and gently with one of the carers present as well as Ms. Margaret Heffernan the Palliative Care Nurse who offered any assistance she could give.
May she now enjoy Eternal Rest with the God whom she worshipped and adored.