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Sister Francis Edwards

Formerly Sister Francis Bernard

Sister Francis was born on September 20, 1924 and died on March 2, 2020.


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Sister Francis was a native of Oklahoma City, Okla. She died March 2, 2020 at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods.

Sister Francis, formerly Sister Francis Bernard, entered the Congregation on Sept. 8, 1942 and professed final vows on Aug. 15, 1950.

She graduated from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics. She also earned a master’s degree in mathematics from Indiana State University and a master’s of library science from the University of Oklahoma.

Sister Francis supported the new nursing program at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College by donating the medical journals and magazines she subscribed to and was granted ‘Friend of Nursing’ award from the college in 2015.

Here is her complete ministry

In Illinois: Teacher, Maternity BVM, Chicago (1945-47).

In Indiana: Library, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods (1947); Teacher, St. Catherine, Indianapolis (1948-50); Teacher, St. Anthony, Indianapolis (1950-52); Teacher, St. John Academy, Indianapolis (1952-55); Teacher, St. Rose High School, Vincennes (1955-59); Teacher, St. Agnes Academy, Indianapolis (1959-66); Teacher, Evansville Reitz Memorial High School, Evansville (1966-68); Teacher, Ladywood High School, Indianapolis (1968-69); Teacher, Ladywood-St. Agnes, Indianapolis (1971-72); Librarian, Providence Cristo Rey High School, Indianapolis (2006-08); Staff, Office of Records, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods (2008-11); Residential Service/Owens Hall Library, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods (2011-15); Residential Service, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods (2015).

In Missouri: Teacher, John F. Kennedy, Manchester (1969-71).

In Oklahoma: Teacher, McGuiness, Oklahoma City (1971-77); Librarian, McGuiness, Oklahoma City (1978-79).

In California: Librarian, St. Genevieve, Panorama City (1979-91); Librarian, Cantwell/Sacred Heart of Mary, Montebello (1991-94); Assistant Librarian, St. John Seminary College, Camarillo (1994-97); Assistant Librarian, Notre Dame High School, Sherman Oaks (1998-99).

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