In Memoriam


Sister Marie Therese Emery, OP (Thomas More)

(1923-2021)

Sister Marie Therese Emery, formerly known as Sister Thomas More, died on Friday, February 5, 2021, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 97 years of age and in the 74th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Marie Therese McGuire was born in St. Louis, Missouri. When she was three years old, she was adopted by Blanche Emery. Sister graduated from St. Joseph Academy in Adrian and received a bachelor’s degree in social science from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian; a master’s degree in history from the University of Detroit (Detroit Mercy); a master’s degree in curriculum and a doctorate in education administration and curriculum, both from Michigan State University in East Lansing; and an associate’s degree in business administration from Lansing Community College in Lansing, Michigan. Sister was a licensed radio operator and pilot.

Sister spent 24 years ministering in education in Detroit, Lansing, and Dearborn, Michigan; Chicago, Illinois; and Cincinnati and Cleveland, Ohio. She was principal at Presentation in Detroit, St. Henry in Cleveland, and St. Vincent Ferrer in Cincinnati. Sister later worked for the State of Michigan, where she was a Fleet Safety Project Supervisor, and at Michigan State University, where she was a traffic safety specialist for two years, a traffic safety program administrator for 11 years, and a technology lab director for 10 years. She was also an engineering/automotive consultant for AAA for a year in Washington, D.C. 

Sister Marie Therese became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian in 2012. She was preceded in death by her mother and adopted sister, Sister Katharine E. Emery, also an Adrian Dominican Sister. She is survived by her Adrian Dominican Sisters.

Due to COVID-19 mitigation protocols, the Dominican Life Center is closed until further notice to all guests or visitors. All are welcome to participate in Sister’s wake and funeral via live stream.

Rite of Committal (burial) for Sister Marie Therese was held on February 6, 2021, at 1:30 p.m. A Memorial Word Service will be held on Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. in St. Catherine Chapel, and the Ritual of Remembering will be held on the same day at 2:00 p.m. in the Rose Room. 

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)

Committal Ceremony for Sister Marie Therese Emery

 

Memorial (Word Service) for Sister Marie Therese

Worship Aid (PDF)


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Ritual of Remembering for Sister Marie Therese


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Avatar  Carol Dionise 2 weeks agoReply

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She was a great teacher. She made you learn and work! I would see and talk to her in downtown Lansing when she worked for the State of Michigan, after she left teaching. She never changed, she was full of energy. God blessed her and blessed us for having her as our teacher, Sister Thomas More.

Avatar  Carol Dionise 2 weeks agoReply

She was a great teacher. She made you learn and work! I would see and talk to her in downtown Lansing, when she worked for the State of Michigan after she left teaching. She never changed, she was full of energy. God blessed her and blessed us for having her as our teacher, Sister Thomas Moore.

Avatar  John F. Mertz 2 weeks agoReply

She was the best high school history teacher! Urged us to think outside the box, which riled a lot of parents. She was a secret sponsor of the scurrilously and seditiously named 'secret' 'ultra selective' "National Brown Society" which celebrated foolishness, and was rumored to have existed, but then suppressed by the school administration in the mid 1960s. "There's always two per cent who cause trouble', and she was one of them. She's got her wings now, eh?

Avatar  Jon Tomlanovich 2 weeks agoReply

Sister was a remarkable woman who impacted so many lives. She was a true example of her profession and faith. I’m looking at my 1967 year book and in her typical ironic and humorous way, she wished me good luck and signed her comment “Sister Thomas Moore or less!” Rest In Peace dear teacher.



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