In Memoriam

Sister Anne Liam Lees, OP


Anne lived and shared life with the poor and needy in many cultures. She brought to life the words of Scripture: God is near to the brokenhearted and God hears the cry of the poor.

Sister Peggy Coyne, Adrian Crossroads Mission Chapter Prioress, concluded her eulogy for Sister Anne Liam Lees with these words, describing a woman who had spent much of her life in ministry in places such as inner-city Detroit, the Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic.

Sister Anne Liam was born January 23, 1932, in Decatur, Illinois, and baptized Margaret Frances. She was the second of six children born to William and Anne (Hines) Lees, along with Mary Anne, Robert, Paul, Michael, and Richard.

William was a proud son of Wisconsin, with a great love for fishing and ice-skating and other winter sports. While the family lived in Decatur, he delivered Hostess Cake products and milk in a horse-drawn wagon, often singing made-up songs as he drove. Anne, an Illinois native, was trained as a beautician and for many years operated a beauty shop in the family home.

Read more about Sister Anne Liam (pdf)

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Avatar  Jeanie nickels 8 months agoReply

I thought so much of sister. I particularly loved her sense of humor and her optimistic attitude. I will miss seeing her when she would visit my dear friends bob and Virgina Lee’s during the summer. She was an angel. Rest In Peace. Jeanie and Carl nickels

Avatar  Maureen Silver 8 months agoReply

A dear friend and mentor in our young lives at St. Theresa’s. I will always cherish her kindness, generosity, and friendship as well as her strength and positive outlook.

Avatar  Christina Lees Lynch 8 months agoReply

Sister Anne Liam Lees was my Aunt. Growing as I child I looked forward to summers of her coming home. She would take my brothers and I with Granny to the Shelbyville Beach, Arthur, St. Louis. We also had our family reunions. There were lots of card games played. As we grew older she would still come home for the Labor Day Parades. I cherished our conversations. She helped guide me in my life. I will miss her smile, kind words and encouragement. She always cared about what was going on in our lives. It gives me peace knowing she's in heaven and gave her life to God. I will miss her dearly. She lived the GOOD LIFE! Rest in Peace Sister with all the others that you treasured that are gone. Until we meet again I will always cherish my memories.

Avatar  Michael Lees 8 months agoReply

I have so many fond memories of Sister. As a child she always brought us gifts back from Puerto Rico every summer when she visited. She as well as Granny took us on trips every summer to fun places to share her time and treasure with her nieces and nephews. I'll always remember her kindness and guidance. Our loss is your gain Lord so I pray her soul is at peace now. You will be missed Sister! Rest in Peace.

Michael C Lees

Our whole family wishes we could be a part of her services coming up but will watch and pray. My Mom and Dad wanted to wish sincere condolences to all her friends at the Mother House.

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