In Memoriam


Sister Mary Nugent, formerly known as Sister Clare Patrick, died on Friday, August 20, 2021, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian. She was 92 years of age and in the 69th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.
Sister Mary was born in Chicago to Patrick and Margaret (McKeigue) Nugent. She graduated from St. Albans Girls High School in St. Albans Herts, England, and received a bachelor’s degree in speech from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian and a master’s degree in English from DePaul University in Chicago.
Sister spent 39 years ministering in education in Adrian, Ruth, Utica, and Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan; Swanton, Ohio; Wilmette, Oak Park, and Hinsdale, Illinois, and West Palm Beach, Florida. Sister ministered in several Congregational institutions; she taught for nine years at Regina Dominican High School in Wilmette, Illinois; she was principal for eight years at Rosarian Academy in West Palm Beach, Florida; she was teacher and secretary for two years at St. Joseph Academy and served one year on the faculty at Siena Heights College (University), both in Adrian. 

Sister Mary also ministered for three years as academic dean at Marymount International School in Surrey, England and served for 11 years in secretarial work in Chicago, Brookfield, Oak Park, Riverside, and Downers Grove, Illinois. 

Sister Mary became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian in 2004. She was preceded in death by her parents and four sisters: Margaret Nugent, Eleanor Siedmon, Betty Page, and Patricia Digenan. She is survived by a sister, Clare Halpin; loving nieces and nephews; and her Adrian Dominican Sisters.
Due to COVID-19 mitigation protocols, the Dominican Life Center is closed to all guests or visitors until further notice. All are welcome to participate in Sister’s wake and Memorial Mass via live stream
Rite of Committal (burial) for Sister Mary was held Sunday, August 22, 2021, in the Congregation Cemetery. A Memorial Mass will be Friday, August 27, 2021, at 10:30 a.m. EDT in St. Catherine Chapel. The Ritual of Remembering will be held Friday, August 27, 2021 at 1:30 p.m. EDT in the Rose Room at the Dominican Life Center.

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.

Sister's Prayer Card (PDF)

Funeral for Sister Mary

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Ritual of Remembering for Sister Mary

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Left: The Nugents at Waterloo Bridge, London: Margaret, mother, holding Betty; Patricia; Eleanor; and Mary, far right. Center: Sister Mary with her parents, Patrick and Margaret Nugent, February 2, 1952

Center: Sister Mary Alice Naour, OP, left, and Sister Mary Nugent, OP.

Left: Back row, from left, Sisters Arlene Scott, Elizabeth Kreiner, Jean Keeley, and Mary Nugent, and seated, from left, Sisters Joanetta Bruene and Joan Mary. Right: The Nugent family, from left, sisters Clare, Betty, and Mary; their mother, Margaret Nugent; and sisters Patricia, Eleanor, and Margaret

Members of the 2002 Golden Jubilee August Reception Crowd are back row, from left, Sisters Diane Odette, Norma Dell, Elizabeth Ross, Mary Giacopelli, and Marie Quenneville and front row, from left, Sisters Mary Nugent, Claudia Hinds, Jean Horger, Mary Ann Zakrajsek, Kathleen Buechele, and Laura Marie Smith.

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