CUMBERLAND, R.I. — Sister Mary Nora Smith, R.S.M., formerly Sister Mary Padraic, died February 19. Born in New Bedford, she was the daughter of the late Ambrose and Nora Sparrow Smith; sister of the late Robert, James, Ambrose, Philip and Michael, as well as deceased sisters, Julia, Patricia and Nora. Sister Mary Nora leaves a brother, Msgr. John J. Smith of the Diocese of Fall River.
Sister entered the Sisters of Mercy in 1947 and professed vows in August of 1953. With the exception of three years teaching at St. Peter School in Warwick, R.I., her ministry in Catholic education was spread throughout the Diocese of Fall River, in West Harwich, Fall River and New Bedford, as a teacher and administrator.
Upon Sister’s retirement as principal, Sister Mary Nora offered her services as substitute teacher in the New Bedford Public School system. More recently, Sister Mary resided at Mount St. Rita Health Centre in Cumberland, R.I. where she was lovingly cared for. She enjoyed visits from family and Sisters of Mercy who remember gratefully Sister Mary Nora’s generosity and kindness in providing for the needs of those to whom she ministered and with whom she shared community life.
A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated February 25 at St. John Vianney Parish in Cumberland.
Interment followed at Resurrection Cemetery in Cumberland.
Donations in her memory may be sent to the Sisters of Mercy, 15 Highland View Road, Cumberland, R.I. 02864.
Gallogly Funeral Homes of West Warwick, R.I. was in charge of the arrangements.