In Memoriam


Sister Marie Carmen Gonzales, OP

(1926-2019)

Sister Marie Carmen Gonzales, formerly known as Maria Carmen Gonzales, died on Friday, February 8, 2019, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 92 years of age and in the 59th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Marie Carmen was born in Albert, New Mexico, to Desidero and Vincentita (Montano) Gonzales. She graduated from Mosquero High School in Mosquero, New Mexico, received a bachelor’s degree in Spanish from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian, and earned a master’s degree in elementary education from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. 

Sister spent 31½ years ministering in education in Kingman, Arizona; Albuquerque and Belen, New Mexico; Las Vegas, Nevada; and El Paso, Texas. She was administrator of Queen of Heaven School in Albuquerque, New Mexico, from 1981 to 1983, and director of the Pre-School at Church of the Risen Savior in Albuquerque, New Mexico, from 1984 to 1986. Sister was housekeeper at the Adrian Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C., from 1960 to 1967.

Sister Marie Carmen was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Joseph Maestas, Leo, and Victor Arguello; and sisters Cecilia Trujillo, Marie, Amelia, Elvera, and Alice Tafoya. She is survived by two brothers, both from New Mexico: Johnny Arguello of Los Lunas and Eloy Arguello of Logan; and five sisters, all from New Mexico: Annie Bailey of Tucumcari, Tillie Archuleta of Clovis, Corrine Baca of Mosquero, Adelena Lopez of Albuquerque, and Jane Sandoval of Mosquero.

PLEASE NOTE CHANGE IN DATES FOR VIGIL AND FUNERAL:

Welcome of Sister Marie Carmen will be on Wednesday, February 13, 2019, at 6:00 p.m. in the Dominican Life Center lobby; the Wake will follow from 6:15 to 7:00 p.m. in the Rose Room. The Reception of the Body and Vigil Prayer will be at 7:00 p.m. in St. Catherine Chapel. The Funeral Mass will be offered in St. Catherine Chapel on Thursday, February 14, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. Both the Vigil Prayer and the Funeral Mass will be live streamed. The Rite of Committal will be in the Congregation cemetery.

make a memorial giftMemorial gifts may be made to Adrian Dominican Sisters, 1257 East Siena Heights Drive, Adrian, Michigan, 49221. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Anderson-Marry Funeral Home, Adrian.

 

Left: Sister Marie Carmen’s parents, Vincentita (left) and Desidero Gonzales

Left: Sister Marie Carmen, front row, far left, with other novices, August 1959

Right: Sister Marie Carmen Gonzalez presides at a First Holy Communion program, Wagon Mound, New Mexico, July 1997.

Left: Members of the Red Hat Society are, from left, Sisters Marie Carmen Gonzales, Mary Willard Reagan, and Clara Patricks. 

From left: Sister Marie Luisa Vasquez and Sister Marie Carmen Gonzales. Members of the Rio Grande Mission Group of the Southwest Chapter visit the Black Canyon Monument in Montrose County, Colorado, May 27, 2001. Shown are: back row, from left, Sister Charlotte Anne Swift, Pauline Richter, Sarah Sharkey, Lois Paha, Donna Kustusch, Clara Patricks, and Michael Claire Wilson, and front row, from right, Sisters Mary Anne McElmurry, Anne Baxter, Marie Carmen Gonzales, and Eleanor Stech.

Members of the 2009 Golden Jubilee Class are, back row, from left, Sisters Mary Kay Moran, Teresa Disch, Emilie Petelin, and Mary Ann Ferguson and front row, from left, Sisters Therese Johnson, Dorothy Glaister, Marie Carmen Gonzales, and Jane Zimmerman, with Donna Markham (Prioress).

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Avatar  Janice (Gonzales) Gray 4 days agoReply

Thank you for live streaming my Aunt Sister Marie Carmen's funeral. My heart was heavy since none of the family was able to attend. It was a beautiful service. I am at peace being able to watch the service. Sister Carmen was also preceded in death by two more Gonzales siblings, my Dad, Bennie Gonzales and my Aunt Priscilla Sandoval. She was surrounded by family that loved her dearly. She played a big role in my Catholic upbringing at a very young age. I remember on one her visits she came to our home on the ranch. Mom fixed dinner, we all gathered at the dinner table. We were all waiting for her to give the blessing, but she asked who was going to give the blessing. We all just sat there thinking no way will my simple prayer be good enough, after all she was a Sister. She waited patiently, then said in Spanish, "Estos burros, don't you know how to pray." Ever since that day I made sure I would learn my prayers, and practice my Catholic faith as good as I could. Your memories will remain with me forever. We love you always. Rest In Peace Sister Carmen

Avatar  Bernadine Sandoval 4 days agoReply

Rest in peace my dear Aunt Sister Marie Carmen, your life with God has always been an inspiration in my life, you will alway's be remembered. My memory of you was driving back from a funeral up north New Mexico not sure if it was my Mom's Priscilla Sandoval, I asked you why you looked so young and in such good health, your were one of the oldest of the Gonzales sister's and you laughed and said I married the right man, I married God and he is wonderful to me. Thank you for live streaming Sister Marie Carmen's funeral it was a wonderful remembrance of her life.and being able to be there, I know she's smiling in heaven!! Love you Sister Marie Carmen

Avatar  Christina Vigil 4 days agoReply

Sister Carmen is one of the greatest blessings that our family ever received. She was given to our family so my grandmother could take care of her but throughout life she took care of us all. My grandmother Genoveva Arguello Maestas adored Sister Carmen just as the rest of us did. Sister Carmen was the backbone of the family. Anytime we had a crisis, we called on Sister. She was there for us as we lost my Aunt to cancer. Never once did she wavier! When Sister Carmen was with us, we had her strength, her faith, and her wisdom. Even after she retired to Adrian we called on Sister to talk us through things or just to pray for us.
Some of my greatest memories include Sister Carmen….running through the halls of Queen of Heaven Convent, sneaking the freshly roasted skin from the Thanksgiving Turkey (Sister would hit our hands as we tried to pick the skin- she always said, “Don’t take the skin off it has to be on the slices for presentation- but it was sooooo good), holding my finger on the ribbons of her coffee cakes as she carefully wrapped each one for her brothers and sisters, giving me my first “Teacher Gifts” to put in my very first classroom and they remain in my classroom today-20 years later! The memories go on and on. Our family is so very fortunate to have had Sister Carmen for so many years. We will treasure the memories we had with her and look forward to the day we meet her again.
We Love You Sister!

Avatar  Christina Vigil 4 days agoReply

Sister Carmen is one of the greatest blessings that our family ever received. She was given to our family so my grandmother and grandfather could take care of her but throughout life she took care of us all. My grandmother Genoveva Arguello Maestas adored Sister Carmen just as the rest of us did. Sister Carmen was the backbone of the family. Anytime we had a crisis, we called on Sister. She was there for us as we lost my Aunt to cancer. Never once did she wavier! When Sister Carmen was with us, we had her strength, her faith, and her wisdom. Even after she retired to Adrian we called on Sister to talk us through things or just to pray for us.
Some of my greatest memories include Sister Carmen….running through the halls of Queen of Heaven Convent, sneaking the freshly roasted skin from the Thanksgiving Turkey (Sister would hit our hands as we tried to pick the skin- she always said, “Don’t take the skin off it has to be on the slices for presentation- but it was sooooo good), holding my finger on the ribbons of her coffee cakes as she carefully wrapped each one for her brothers and sisters, giving me my first “Teacher Gifts” to put in my very first classroom and they remain in my classroom today-20 years later! The memories go on and on. Our family is so very fortunate to have had Sister Carmen for so many years. We will treasure the memories we had with her and look forward to the day we meet her again.
We Love You Sister!

Avatar  Annie Bailey 6 days agoReply

Chance made us sisters, our hearts made us friends. God bless you, we love you, and you will be greatly missed.

Avatar  Chrissie Silva 6 days agoReply

My condolences to the family of sister Carmen, especially our precious Aunt Jane. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
What a wonderful life Sister Carmen lived. May she always be remembered for her life of faithfulness and holiness!

Avatar  Florence Gonzales 6 days agoReply

I for one will truly miss my Aunts soft voice. She always made it a point to keep in touch. Always making you feel safe and loved. She was such an inspiration to us all. We may not have chosen the same path to heaven, but always knew we would see one another there. I will surely miss her!
I love you Sister Carmen and may you rest in peace. ❤

Avatar  Joseph and Sherry Arguello 6 days agoReply

You were such an inspiration in our lives and you will be greatly missed, we love you Tia, may your soul RIP till we meet again. We love you so much. Thank you for everything , well miss your cards and letters.



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