In Memoriam


Sister Frances Barfield, formerly known as Sister David Therese, died on Monday, September 19, 2022, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 90 years of age and in the 73rd year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Frances was born in Pensacola, Florida, to David C. and Theresa (Post) Barfield. She graduated from St. Joseph Academy in Adrian and received a bachelor’s degree in history from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian; a master’s degree in education from Barry College (University) in Miami Shores, Florida; and a master’s degree in pastoral ministry from Loyola University in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Sister spent more than 30 years ministering in elementary education in Elmwood Park and Joliet, Illinois; Palatka, Tallahassee, Gulfport, and Fort Walton Beach, Florida; and Georgetown, Kingstree and Greenville, South Carolina. This includes 10 years as principal of schools in South Carolina. Sister also served in parish ministry for 22 years in Winter Park and Melbourne, Florida, and in Metairie, Terrytown, Gretna, and New Orleans, Louisiana. She worked with the elderly for eight years in Winter Park and Melbourne, Florida, and in Givhans, South Carolina. 

Sister Frances became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in 2009. She was preceded in death by her parents and her siblings, Theresa Bodette, David Barfield Jr, and Jesse Barfield. She is survived by siblings Genevieve Due and Albert Barfield; other loving family members; 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 services via live stream.

The Vigil Prayer will be held at 7:00 p.m. Monday, September 26, 2022, in St. Catherine Chapel. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered in St. Catherine Chapel at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, September 27, 2022. Prayers of Committal will be held 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.

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Vigil for Sister Frances

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Funeral for Sister Frances

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Left: First Holy Communion. Right: Sister Frances with her parents, Theresa and David Barfield

Right: The Barfield family in 1950: from left, brothers Jesse and Albert; parents David and Theresa, Sister Frances, and, standing in front of her, Genevieve

Left: Gathered in 2009 are, from left, Sisters Mary Ann Caulfield, Donna Marie Baker, Frances Barfield, and Mary Diane McMeekin. Right: Members of the Gulf Coast Mission Group meeting in St. Petersburg, Florida, in 1999 to celebrate Sister Frances Barfield’s Golden Jubilee are, from left, Sisters Paul Emelia Brown, Maureen Therese Masuga, Frances Barfield, Mary E. Waldron, and Jean Charles Birney.

Left: Sisters Francis Elizabeth McDonnell, left, and Frances Barfield. Right: From left, Sisters Barbara Ann Rund, Elizabeth Kubacki, Maureen Comer, Carol Fleming, and Frances Barfield

Left: From left, Sisters Mary Jean Clemenger and Frances Barfield. Right: From left, Sisters Dorothy Jehle, Frances Barfield, and Clare Genevieve Huddas

Members of the 2009 Diamond Jubilee Crowd are: back row, from left, Sisters Aileen McClain, Geraldine Megel, Mary Elizabeth Crimmins, Grace Flowers, Jean Marie Jeziolkowski, and Madeline Mary Dervin, and front row, from left, Sisters Thomas James Burns, Anastasia McNichols, Frances Barfield, Jane Irene Hutton, and Donna Markham (Prioress).


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