Sister Patricia DeMay, formerly known as Sister Mary Cuthbert, died on Saturday, April 6, 2019, at the Toledo Hospital in Toledo, Ohio. She was 87 years of age and in the 70th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.
Sister Patricia was born in Jackson, Michigan, to Cuthbert and Myrtle (Bleicher) DeMay. She graduated from St. Joseph Academy in Adrian, Michigan, and received a bachelor’s degree in Latin and a master’s in education administration, both from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian. She also received a Specialist Education degree in Curriculum and a Doctor of Education degree in Curriculum, both from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.
Sister spent 53 years ministering in education and library services in Elmwood Park and Flossmoor, Illinois; Utica, Romeo, Lansing, Flint, Adrian, and Hillsdale, Michigan; St. Petersburg and Miami Shores, Florida; and Livingston, Alabama. She was an education lecturer at Barry College (University) in Miami Shores, Florida for one year; and also ministered for two years as an elementary teacher at Catholic Central and as an instructor at Siena Heights in Adrian.
Sister Patricia became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian in 2013. She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, John DeMay; and her sister, Mary Arbour. Sister is survived by her loving nieces and nephews.
Welcome of Sister Patricia will be on Wednesday, April 10, 2019, at 6:00 p.m. in the Dominican Life Center lobby; the Wake will follow from 6:15 to 7:00 p.m. in the Rose Room. The Reception of the Body and Vigil Prayer will be at 7:00 p.m. in St. Catherine Chapel. The Mass of Christian Burial will be offered in St. Catherine Chapel on Thursday, April 11, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. Both the Vigil Prayer and the Mass of Christian Burial will be live streamed. The Rite of Committal will be in the Congregation cemetery.
Memorial 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.
From left: Two years old, 1933. Young Patricia at a dance recital at St. John’s School, Jackson, Michigan, 1940
Right: Father Edward J. DeKeyser turns over the first shovel of dirt in the groundbreaking for the new church at St. Lawrence, Utica, Michigan, January 25, 1950. Shown with him are: back row, from left, Sisters Jean Annette Rudolph (front), Evangeline Marie Loveridge, Frances Michael (Dorothy) LaMantia, Mary Cuthbert (Patricia) DeMay, Helen William Schanz, Rose Geralda Mullane, Father DeKeyser, Sister Robert Joseph Bailey, Father Elmer Nacy, and Sisters Richard James Carroll, Pierre Des Jardins, and Mary Wilhelmina Gasper.
Left: Sister Patricia celebrates Commencement for her doctorate in education at the University of Tennessee, December 12, 1980.
From left: Sister Patricia DeMay poses with the collection of books that she donated to the University of West Alabama. Sister Patricia with her father, her mother, and her sister Mary (far right) at St. Luke, Flint, Christmas 1965
From left: Sister Patricia hooked this rug, 92” by 102” and 25 yarns per inch, for her front room. Sister Patricia sells her handiwork at the Dominican Life Center Christmas Bazaar, December 4, 2015.
Members of the 2008 Diamond Jubilee August Crowd are: back row, from left, Sisters Patricia DeMay, Theresa Sinnamon, Angelica McGuire, Dorothy Worthy, Barbara J. Carroll, and Audrey Hull, and front row, from left, Sisters Ann Marie Meagher, Mary Declan Foss, Margaret Ann Reardon, Margaret Karam, Theresia Scheuer, and Ann Benedict Williams.
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It was my privilege to have known Dr. DeMay for may years. We were great friends and colleagues. As the Director of the Julia Tutwiler Library I received her collection of award winning children's books and the collection is a valuable addition of the Library. After she retired to Adrain, I spoke with her on the phone frequently. She was an amazing woman who left an impact on education in this area. Her contribution to the education of teachers will be long remembered. Rest in Peace
Rest In Peace Sister Pat DeMay OP. We sure are going to miss Aunt Pat! She had such a love of children’s literature she enjoyed sharing with us all! Her favorite author was; Laura Ingalls Wilder. I have to say, it was an instant connection between us! On The Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls Wilder can’t get any better then that. She always enjoyed hearing my stories of my Mother’s childhood town of Plum City, Wisconsin and our days of playing in Plum Creek! She was a gifted Aunt who enjoyed quilting and sending homemade greeting cards from the DeMay Printing Press. She was a special Sister to us all. God bless her soul. Rest In Peace sweet Aunt Pat!Love, John, Therese, Matt and Johnny and Jess DeMay
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