In Memoriam

Sister Marie Amada Garcia, OP


Sister Marie Amada Garcia, formerly known as Marie Concepta Apodaca Garcia, died on April 10, 2018, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 98 years of age and in the 78th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Marie Amada was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to Eduardo Apodaca and Ramoncita Luna Apodaca. After the death of her father, Sister Marie Amada’s mother married Charles Garcia and Sister was adopted by him. 

Sister graduated from St. Vincent Academy in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and received a bachelor’s degree in Latin from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian and a master’s degree in English from the University of Detroit. 

Sister Marie Amada spent 45 years ministering in education in Chicago and Joliet, Illinois; Winslow, Arizona; Tucumcari and Albuquerque, New Mexico; Des Moines, Iowa; Detroit, Michigan; Oakland and Santa Cruz, California; and Las Vegas, Nevada. She was an immigration counselor from 1985 to 2001 in Catholic Community Services of Nevada, in Las Vegas. 

Sister Marie Amada became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian in 2009. She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, William; and her sister, Lena. She is survived by a sister, Rita Lawrence of Carrollton, Texas, and loving nephews and a niece.  

The Funeral Mass will be offered in St. Catherine Chapel on Friday, April 13, 2018, at 10:30 a.m. The Rite of Committal will be in the Congregation cemetery. Ritual of Remembering will take place in the Rose Room at 1:30 p.m. Both the Funeral Mass and the Ritual of Remembering will be live streamed.

make a memorial giftMemorial gifts may be made to Adrian Dominican Sisters, 1257 East Siena Heights Drive, Adrian, Michigan, 49221. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Anderson-Marry Funeral Home, Adrian.

Left: Sisters serving at Queen of Heaven in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1961 were, back row, from left: Sisters Marie Amada Garcia, James Philip (Mary) Carey, Marie Assumpta (Mildred Ann) Huber, and Mary Benignus (Ellen Mary) Ach; and front row, from left, Sisters Ann Philip Cotta, Marie McGowan, Matthew Mary Foley, and Dorothy Marie Beers.

Left: From left, Sister Marie Amada Garcia, Michelle DeCarie, and Sister Leon Grace Faulhaber stand in front of St. Louis Bertrand Church, Oakland, California. 

Left: Sisters Marie Amada Garcia (left) and Ruth Kennedy celebrate their Diamond Jubilee in 1999.

Left: Left to right, Sisters Nelda Ann Klein, Bernice Nofs, Eleanor Stech, Marie Amada Garcia, and Anne Baxter

Left: Sister Marie Amada Garcia (third row, furthest back, right) poses with the Sisters she taught American Literature in the summer of 1963.

Members of the Double Diamond Jubilee Class of 2009 are: back row, from left, Sisters Dorothy Jeanne Burns, Mary Margaret Beh, Maura Phillips, Attracta Kelly (Prioress), and Virginia Marie LaTourelle, and front row, from left, Sisters Marie Amada Garcia, Irma Gerber, Marie Bride Walsh, and Helen Patrick Bartley.

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