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Sister Gabrielle Marry, I.B.V.M.

Posted By Whitney & Murphy On June 5, 2019 @ 11:11 am In Obituary | 7 Comments

Sr. Gabrielle Marry I.B.V.M. 2

Sister Gabrielle Marry, I.B.V.M. (Marie Therese Marry) was the first baby born in the new Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda, County Louth, Ireland on January 18, 1940. She was the daughter of Austin and Bridie (Lenihen) Marry. She entered the Novitiate in Loreto Convent, Navan, on October 17, 1958. A few years later she came from Ireland to join the Sisters and staff of Ss. Simon and Jude School in Phoenix where she taught 2nd & 5th grades for a number of years. She also taught at Sacred Heart School in Prescott for some years and worked for a time at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Flagstaff as a Pastoral Associate.
Sister Gabrielle held a B.A degree in History/English from University of San Diego and an M.A. in Counseling and Guidance from the University of Arizona and retained a great appreciation for both of these fine universities. It was shortly before she had completed her studies at U of A that she had to deal with the onset of Multiple Sclerosis – – – a condition which she bravely and cheerfully handled for more than 50 years.
With the underlying Spirituality and Constitutions of the Loreto Sisters being Ignatian, Sister was drawn to working with the Loyola Project, which was sponsored and run by the Jesuit priests at St. Francis Parish and Brophy Preparatory High School. For many years she worked with this Project, and later went to Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Phoenix and taught reading and language skills to children with English as their second language.
Another project which she dearly loved was a Correspondence Anger Management Program for prisoners. For several years she was involved with this, in fact, until her fingers could no longer hold a pen to write or type the answers to the prisoners’ questions.
After her years in the educational arena, Sister Gabrielle opted for Pastoral Care Work, and having completed her CPE training at Good Samaritan Hospital, she served as a Clinical Pastoral Care Minister to the patients at Baptist Hospital (now Abrazo Health) in the initial stages of her pastoral care apostolate, and, until very recently, she volunteered in a similar ministry at The Palazzo Care Home.
She never, however, abandoned her interest in the educational scene and very frequently wheeled her motorized chair into the classrooms at Ss Simon and Jude, sharing stories with the children and educating them about the wonderful Foundress of the Loreto Sisters, Venerable Mary Ward. Our ‘Companions of Mary Ward’ Group was also blessed by her leadership and direction, and all members are so grateful for her love and her sharing of prayer and spiritual refreshment.
Though confined to a wheelchair for most of her adult life because of her MS, she never let her disability stop her from teaching, working, or helping others. She was an especially welcoming person who took a personal interest in lifting others up. Her bright smile, quick wit and joyful spirit were infectious. To know Sr. Gabby, was to love Sr. Gabby, and her perseverance and determination to live her life to the fullest, despite her disability, was a daily inspiration to all who knew her.
Sister Gabrielle was preceded in death by her parents, Austin and Bridie, and by her brothers, Gerry, Phil, Michael and Oliver. She is survived by her sister, Sister Concepta (Good Shepherd Order) and by her sister-in-law, Rita, and devoted nieces, nephews and cousins, who will mourn her loss, as will her Loreto Sisters and the clergy and staff of Ss. Simon and Jude Cathedral and School, also, all those who were co-workers in education ministry and in her pastoral care ministry, her dear friends, her former students, and all who may have been blessed by her care and prayer in their times of ill-health.
A special thank you to Hospice of the Valley and the many special friends and caregivers who cared for Sr. Gabrielle in the final weeks of her life.
The motto engraved on Sister Gabrielle’s Religious Profession ring says: “Not I, but the grace of God with me.” You have, Sister, through your life, shared that grace of God so beautifully! And now, Sister “Gabby,” our love and prayers go with you! We commend you to the Lord, to whom you committed your life as a Loreto Sister 61 years ago. May you rest in peace.
Visitation will begin at 5:00 p.m. with a Vigil Service & Rosary at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, June 10, 2019 at SS. Simon & Jude Cathedral, 6351 N. 27th Avenue in Phoenix. Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at SS. Simon & Jude Cathedral, immediately followed by a reception in Smith Hall. Interment will follow at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, 2033 N. 48th Street in Phoenix.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Loreto Sisters Retirement Fund, SS. Simon & Jude Convent, 6351 N. 27th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85017. Condolences may be expressed at www.whitneymurphyfuneralhome.com

Condolences for the family of “Sister Gabrielle Marry, I.B.V.M.”

Condolence from Fr. Emmanuel Kundum on June 6th, 2019 12:51 pm

Dear Sr. Gabby. I met you only for a few days but your charm and welcoming disposition made me feel at home at the convent during my visit in 2018. Thank you for your sweetness. Rest In Peace with the Lord whom you served faithfully throughout your life. Amen

Condolence from Fr. Raymond Ogboji on June 6th, 2019 3:25 pm

I thank God for the opportunity to have met you and experienced the warmness of your heart. You will indeed be greatly missed by all who have had an encounter with you. Please, do not stop praying for me as you’ve always promised. Rest in God’s peace Sr. Gabby. We love you but God loves you most.

Condolence from Claudia on June 7th, 2019 9:22 am

Sr Gabrielle, You changed my life…you led me gently to a relationship with Jesus, and helped me through the difficult time in the loss of my Granny. Will never forget you. God rest your sweet soul. You will be greatly missed.

Condolence from Joan Gregory on June 8th, 2019 12:53 am

We met at the University of Arizona and I have valued your friendship since then even though it was mostly by telephone. Rest in beautiful peace my friend.

Condolence from Tamara (Tammy, she called me) Baker a.k.a. McPherson on June 11th, 2019 2:44 pm

I was one of Sister Gabrielle’s second grade students, it seems such a short time ago. Thank you Sister for your teachings your Faith and Love for God which grew with mine. You have been with me all these years, a part of me always ~ in Our God’s Love, Tamara

Condolence from Robert Lazzara on June 13th, 2019 9:24 pm

The Loreto Sisters
SS. Simon & Jude Convent
6351 N. 27th Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85017

Dear Sisters:
On behalf of my departed Father and Mother, Italo P. and Frances Lazzara, my brother Larry Lazzara and his wife Suzie (Thompson) Lazzara, and my sister Linda (Lazzara) Lopez and her husband Louis Lopez, I send deepest sympathy upon the passing of Sister Gabriele Marry.

Anyone who might have ever doubted there are Guardian Angels on this Earth would only need to meet Sister Gabriele.

Frances Lazzara experienced many painful surgeries in her long and wonderful life, and for each and every one, Sister Gabriele was with her when she woke. The solace and comfort she brought Frances and our family was immeasurable and complete.

There was no one else like Sister Gabby. She now and forever lights both Heaven and Earth with her love, joy and radiance.

With respect and love,

Robert Lazzara

Condolence from Alison on July 26th, 2019 11:09 pm

Sr Gabrielle was an absolute light to me and helped me through some difficult times. My children were blessed to have known her from their years at Sts Simon and Jude School, where she would dash around in her electric scooter, always stopping to chat with a friend, or a student. Heaven is surely a brighter place having you there Sister Gabby, with your gentle smile and kind and reassuring words: although a light in our midst has gone out and cannot be replaced. You will be missed and loved always.

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