(1920 – 2014)
Sister Frances Ellen Bowery, born September, 14, 1920, in West Palm Beach, Florida, was the fourth of eight children. In her autobiography, she wrote, “We were baptized and brought up Methodist although there was a spot of Catholicity on Mom’s side, for her mother had been raised Catholic.”
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I recently came back to the church after a 30+ year absence. Tomorrow I am going to help decorate the altar of St. Thomas Moore for the first time since I was a young man. This Christmas season triggered a wonderful memory which led me to pour through an old box of pictures to find one special one. The picture I found is of Sister Frances sitting on the steps of the altar with me and my sister after the children’s Christmas Mass. I have the largest grin on my face, the reason being, I was sitting next to Sister Frances.That picture then led to a search for this memorial.My mother worked at the St. Thomas and she became close with Fr. Kerr and Sister Frances. While she wasn’t in my life physically for a very long time, Sister Frances’ amazing spirit, obviously has stayed with me, my entire life.I wanted to leave this in her memory.
Our Adrian Dominican cemetery with its circular headstones is a beautiful place of rest for women who gave their lives in service to God—and a peaceful place for contemplation and remembrance.
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