Sr. Margaret entered the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary at North Providence, RI, June 13, 1937. She made her first profession December 15, 1937 and her final profession December 15, 1942.
She began nursing studies in 1940 at St. Anne’s School of Nursing, Fall River, MA. After obtaining her license as a registered nurse, she was sent in mission to Cardinal Hayes Home for Children in Millbrook, NY as the nurse for the home. Her next mission was to McMahon Child Care Home where once again she served as the nurse. She alternated amongst the four Franciscan Missionaries of Mary Child care facilities of Cardinal Hayes Home for Children, McMahon Child Care Home, Divine Providence Child Care Home, Manhattan, NY and St. Francis Sanatorium in Roslyn, NY which was devoted to the care of children with rheumatic fever. She had done a course in Pediatrics, which gave her expertise in caring for children.
In 1957, she was sent in mission to Holy Family Community and Novitiate where she served as the nurse for sisters in the infirmary, sisters in the community and the novitiate. She was an excellent, clinical nurse.
December 1965, she was sent in mission to Cuatitlan, Mexico and subsequently to other communities in Union Hidalgo, Motozintla Chiapas. Michoacán San Pedro, Leon Rancho Alvernia, and Honduras Siltepec Chiapas serving always as a nurse. She was fluent in both Spanish and the dialect of Zapoteco.
The people for whom Sr.Margaret cared referred to her as Sister Doctor she was that knowledgeable and skilled.
Upon her return to the USA, her ministries were in Pastoral care in Divine Providence, Manhattan, NY. St. Francis Hospital, Roslyn, NY and in Roger Williams Hospital, Providence.
She had a sabbatical year in Israel and did Scripture Studies at Providence College.
Throughout her life, she remained a strong, vigorous, hard working person with a sense of humor.
She is survived by her nephew, Damien Haydon of Ramsey N.J.
Visiting hours will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, Mar. 30, 2015, with a Wake Service at 7 p.m. in Holy Family Chapel, Fruit Hill Avenue, North Providence; Funeral Mass at Holy Family, Tuesday, March 31 at 11:15 a.m. Funeral arrangements by Russell J. Boyle and Son.