Sister Maria Isabel Franco, S.S.D.

TAUNTON, Mass. — Sister Maria Isabel Franco of the Sisters of St. Dorothy, died at Marian Manor on July 27. She was 99.

Born in São Cristovão do Douro, Portugal, she was the daughter of the late Adelino and Maria (Amalia) Julio.

She joined the Sisters of St. Dorothy in 1936.

Sister Franco was educated in Portugal and the United States and received degrees in English and French.

She taught school in the Diocese of Providence and the Diocese of Fall River for many years, and was an instructor of Portuguese at Roger Williams and Vanderbilt University.

She resided at Villa Fatima for 20 years before moving to Marian Manor.

Survivors include her Religious Sisters and several nieces and nephews who live in Portugal.

A Funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Anthony Church in Taunton on July 30.

Burial followed at St. Joseph Cemetery.

Arrangements were handled by the Silva Funeral Home, Taunton.

Memorials may be made to Project Forgotten Child, c/o Sister Judith A. Costa, S.S.D, Villa Fatima, 90 County Street, Taunton, Mass. 02780.

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