In Memoriam


Sister Marie Therese Emery, OP (Thomas More)

(1923-2021)

When Mary Ellen McGuire, the future Sister Marie Therese Emery, was still an infant, both of her parents were killed in a car crash and she was placed in St. Ann’s Orphanage in St. Louis, Missouri, the city where she had been born on September 27, 1923. 

Mary Ellen was adopted at the age of three by Miss Blanche Emery, who had previously adopted eight other children, and was renamed Marie Therese after St. Therese of Lisieux. She was raised in Ypsilanti, Michigan, where Blanche was an English professor at the Normal College (later Eastern Michigan University) there and the first in the nation to teach children’s literature.

According to Sister Marie Therese’s autobiography, Blanche, who was forty-five years old when she adopted her new daughter, was condemned by many in Ypsilanti because she had adopted all those children. But she was “strong in mind and resolute in any task she decided to fulfill,” yet at the same time “beautiful, gentle, kind and thoughtful.” She built the first ranch-style home in the city so her children had plenty of space – complete with child-sized tables and chairs until they were big enough for the adult furniture – and created a library of more than two thousand children’s books for them to read.

Read more about Sister Marie Therese (pdf)

make a memorial giftMemorial gifts may be made to Adrian Dominican Sisters, 1257 East Siena Heights Drive, Adrian, Michigan, 49221. 

 

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Avatar  Carol Dionise 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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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