In Memoriam


(1919-2015)

Sister Mary Rita Gleason, born August 29, 1919, in Clayburg, New York, was the third of eight children born to William and Kathryn (Moore) Gleason. She began her autobiography by correcting a misconception that she was a “Floridian.” She wrote:

To many of my acquaintances I am known as a “Floridian,” but actually I started my life as a “snowbird.” My earliest years were spent near the Canadian border in Clayburg, New York. I was the third child of William and Kathryn Gleason. In the summer of 1926 my parents, my two older brothers, Thomas William and Robert Joseph, a younger brother Francis Patrick and I moved to Florida. In Florida, before I entered the convent, my mother gave birth to three more children. We then had the “Florida crackers and the snowbirds.”

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Cemetery of the Adrian Dominican Sisters

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