Dominican Sister of Peace Imelda Murrin, 92, died at the Sansbury Care Center in St. Catharine, KY, on February 8, 2018. She was born on August 29, 1925, in Waltham, MA, to Catherine Connors and John Francis Murrin. In 1944 she entered the St. Catharine Kentucky Dominicans, now the Dominican Sisters of Peace.
Sr. Imelda earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Siena College, Memphis, TN, in 1956. True to her Dominican charism, she continued her studies in a wide range of topics, from Language Arts to the Sacraments to Bio-Ethics.
Sister Imelda also shared her love of learning with children in New York and Massachusetts as both a teacher and later as a principal, serving in that important ministry for more than 60 years.
Sister Imelda loved children and continued to spend time with them even after she retired from teaching. She would take the bus daily to volunteer at St. Jude’s School in Waltham, MA, supervising lunch and recess and surrounding herself with the smiles of students. She also volunteered at St. Patrick in Watertown, MA.
Health issues brought Sr. Imelda to Sansbury Care Center in 2007, where she entered a ministry of prayer and presence. Although she spent the last years of her life in a state of dementia, her friends at Sansbury remember her beautiful blue eyes and soft smile.
Sr. Imelda was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her Dominican Sisters of Peace religious community, one sister, Ruthann Bentley, and several nieces and nephews.
A Vigil of Remembrance was held Thursday, February 15 and the funeral was held Friday, February 16, both at the Sansbury Care Center Chapel. Sr. Imelda was interred at the St. Catharine Motherhouse cemetery.
Memorial gifts in Sr. Imelda Murrin’s memory may be submitted securely online or sent to:
The Dominican Sisters of Peace
Office of Mission Advancement
2320 Airport Drive
Columbus, OH 43219
To view a printable version of Sr. Imelda’s memorial, please click here.