Sr. Edith Patricia
January 19, 1914 – April 4, 2005
Sister Edith Patricia (Madeline McKittrick) died in beautiful serenity at Taché Centre on April 4, 2005. After two short years in the infirmary of the Holy Names Sisters at Résidence Jesus-Marie, Sister Edith moved to Taché Centre in February of this year.
Born in Los Angeles, California, on January 19, 914 to Martin and Edith, Madeline lived in a number of different places, including Winnipeg. At the age of eight, her mother died. One year later when her father took ill, her Aunt Kate Hurley left Winnipeg to assist in raising young Madeline. Madeline enrolled in St. Mary’s Academy as a sixth grader in 1925. Two years later, her father died. She continued at St. Mary’s, completing her high school. After receiving her BA from St. Mary’s Academy College in 1935, she then entered the Novitiate of the Sisters of the Holy Names in Outremont, QC. Sister Edith Patricia made her final vows in 1942.
Sister Edith served in a number of schools: St. Mary’s Cathedral and St. Ignatius in Winnipeg, Sir Maurice Roche in Flin Flon, and as a tutor in Kenora. However, she spent over 40 years at St. Mary’s Academy. She was vice principal, superior, and accountant. She also taught for 43 years! She will be missed by her Holy Names Sisters and Associates, the caring staff of Résidence, as well as her much loved cousin, Catherine Keating of Ottawa. She also will be missed by her many former students. She will be remembered as a good woman, a woman of deep faith with gentle, sincere ways.