A delightful member of the community, Sister Edith was known for her easy outgoing manner, delightful sense of humor and welcoming hospitality to all.
Growing up in St. Peter’s Parish in the Mission District of San Francisco, as a child Edith was immersed in the Irish community, Irish step dancing and the violin. A year after graduating from St. Peter’s Academy, Edith entered the Sisters of Mercy in 1939.
For 42 years, she taught elementary school in the San Francisco, Los Angeles, Oakland and San Diego dioceses. A sabbatical in Australia in 1984 led Edith to develop deep connections with the Sisters of Mercy in Parramatta, North South Wales, Australia, where she ministered for five years.
After her time in Australia, Edith returned to Holy Name School in San Francisco and received a grant to develop the school’s first computer lab. As an early user of technology she shared her skills with the students as a computer science teacher for ten years.
Throughout her life, Edith had continued pride in her Irish heritage. She served as a chaplain to the Hibernians and Rebel Cork Ladies, local Irish organizations. Her final years she lived at Marian Oaks Life Center in Burlingame, California. She endured the Covid pandemic with grace, but was disappointed she could not have an in-person 100th birthday party though she continued to email and Facetime her community members and friends. She died at the age of 102.