Putnam, CT – Sr. Mary Roy DHS, 87, a member of the Daughters of the Holy Spirit, died on Monday, March 30, 2015 at the Holy Spirit Health Care Center where she had been in residence since August, 2010.
Born Mary Roy on July 2, 1928 in Pittsfield, MA she was the daughter of Roger and Amelia (Mercure) Roy. She entered religious life at Holy Spirit Provincial House in Putnam in 1944 and made her religious profession there on August 16, 1948. She was then known as Sr. Mary Roger.
After her profession she was assigned to teach on the elementary level from 1948 to 1966 in Putnam, CT, Gadsden, AL, Waterbury, CT, West Warren, Pittsfield, MA and in West Haven, CT. She obtained a B.A. in Education in 1966 and taught middle school in Plainville, CT in 1967 and in 1969 she was assigned to teach at Cathedral High in Bridgeport, CT.
Meanwhile she obtained an M.S. in Library Science and in 1972 she worked part time at Annhurst College in the library. In 1980 she worked as librarian at Marianhill High School in Southbridge, MA. In 1983 she returned to Alabama and taught at All Saints School in Anniston. In 1989 she did social ministry in Talladega, AL, in Gadsden and in Anniston until 2010. She retired to the Provincial House in Putnam in March of 2010 and to Holy Spirit Health Care Center in 2010.
She is survived by one brother, Roger, and his wife Helen of Raynham, MA and two nephews—Robert of Bridgewater, MA and Roger Jr. of Phoenix. AZ.
Calling hours at the Provincial House will be on From 6-8 PM on Tuesday March 31, 2015 with a Prayer Service at 7:15. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday April 1, 2015 at 11:00 am in the Provincial House Chapel. Burial will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Putnam. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the DHS Retirement Fund, Holy Spirit Provincial House, 72 Church St., Putnam, CT, 06260. Gilman Funeral Home, 104 Church St., Putnam, CT 06260 is in charge of arrangements. For memorial guestbook visit www.GilmanAndValade.com