FALL RIVER, Mass. — Sister Virginia Sampson (Sister Helen Lucy), S.U.S.C., died at Catholic Memorial Home, Fall River, on September 28 at the age of 90.
Born in Plymouth, she was the daughter of the late Melzar and Helen (Sullivan) Sampson. In addition to her Holy Union Sisters, several cousins survive her. Her aunts, Sister Mary Aloysia, S.U.S.C., and Sister Maria Immaculata predeceased her.
Sister Virginia graduated from the former Sacred Hearts Academy, Fall River and entered the Holy Union Sisters in Fall River, on Sept. 8, 1942. She pronounced her final vows on Aug. 22, 1950. She received a Bachelor of Arts and Masters Degree in English from Villanova University and a Ph.D. in English from St. Louis University.
In the Fall River Diocese, Sister Virginia taught at St. Mary High School, Taunton, and the former College of the Sacred Hearts, Fall River. Sister Virginia served as director of junior Holy Union Sisters and as a faculty member at Trinity College, Washington. She served as English teacher and administrator at the former Sacred Hearts Academy, Fall River.
After completing a course at Loyola University’s Institute of Spirituality, she began a ministry of Spiritual director and was a staff member at La Salette Center for Christian Living, Attleboro. She was active in the Cursillo movement serving as Spiritual director and team member for several retreats. From 1987 until she retired in 2010 she offered Spiritual direction and programs from her home in Pawtucket, R.I.
Sister Virginia joined the Holy Union Community at The Landmark, Fall River in 2010 and when her health declined, she moved to Catholic Memorial Home, Fall River in 2012.
Her funeral Mass was celebrated at Catholic Memorial Home on October 1. Burial was at St. Patrick Cemetery, Fall River.
Funeral arrangements were by Waring-Sullivan Funeral Home, Fall River.
Donations in Sister Virginia’s memory may be made to the Holy Union Sisters’ Mission Advancement Office, P.O. Box 410, Milton, Mass., 02186-0006.