In Memoriam


Cora Marie Campbell was four years old when she met her first Adrian Dominican Sisters: the group teaching catechism at St. Gregory Parish in Newberry, Michigan. Incidentally, Newberry, which in the year of Cora Marie’s birth,1935, had only some 2,500 residents, give or take, produced three members of the Congregation: Sisters Nadine Foley, Paul James Villemure, and of course Cora Marie.

Baptized Genevieve Anne after her mother and grandmother, Cora Marie was born in Newberry, located in the eastern half of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, to William and Genevieve (MacDonald) Campbell on November 1, 1935 – her father’s birthday. William, who worked as a firefighter, was a Newberry native, while Genevieve was born in Grand Marais, Michigan, on the Lake Superior side of the U.P.

The couple had fourteen children in all, five of whom were born after Genevieve entered the Congregation. First came William, then Genevieve, then her sister Cara, then ten boys in a row – Peter, Kay Michael, Alexander, James, Thomas, Matthew, John, Paul, Mark, and Charles – and finally Mary. Kay Michael died of pneumonia when he was only about three and a half years old.

All of the children had their own assigned household chores, but it also fell to Genevieve and Cara to take care of their younger siblings. The two girls took turns being “assigned” a brother as each boy was born, and Genevieve also tutored her brothers in math, the subject which would later be her teaching specialty.

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Enjoy this video exploring the life and ministry of Sister Cora Marie.



Vigil and Funeral Recordings

Recording of Sister Cora Marie's Vigil Service - After clicking the link, download the recording by right-clicking on the video choosing "Save video as." Worship Aid (PDF)

Recording of Sister Cora Marie's Funeral Mass - After clicking the link, download the recording by right-clicking on the video choosing "Save video as." Worship Aid (PDF)

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