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My siblings were James, who was the smartest (he spoke five languages); Charlie, who was the best looking; Mary, who was the kindest; Virginia who was most athletic; and Thomas who was the most affectionate. I was considered the most congenial.
This was how Sister Marion O’Loughlin described James and Marion Florence O’Loughlin’s six children, of whom she was the fifth, in her life story.
Sister Marion was born on January 11, 1931, and was baptized Elizabeth Ray. In an autobiography she wrote for an Edmonds Dominican publication (Spring 2003), she wrote that she was happy to learn that Elizabeth meant “Gift of God,” and “[m]ore than once I told my three brothers and two sisters not to forget it.”
The family moved to Redwood City, California, when Elizabeth was nine months old. She attended public school for her elementary years and then went to Notre Dame High School in Belmont, California.
Although she liked the Notre Dame Sisters who were her teachers, she was not inspired to join them. Her call to religious life would come from a different direction.
Read more about Sister Marion (PDF)
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