Last Updated: Friday - 09/24/2010
April 13, 2009
Sr. Maguire served in Catholic health care ministry
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EDMONTON – Sister Grace Maguire, a long-time hospital administrator with the Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul, Kingston, died suddenly Feb. 16. She was 85.
Maguire served at St. Mary’s Hospital in Camrose as well as other hospitals run by her order in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Quebec and Ontario.
She was born in Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh, Ireland, the tenth in a family of six boys and five girls. The family immigrated to St. Brides, Alta., in 1927 when Grace was four.
She entered the novitiate in 1943 and trained as a nurse at St. Mary’s Hospital in Montreal. Her first assignment after graduation was at St. Vincent de Paul Hospital in Brockville, Ont.
Maguire spent one year in Daysland and then attended the University of Alberta where she received a diploma in teaching and supervision.
She then served as director of the school of nursing at Providence Hospital in Moose Jaw, Sask., until 1970. She received her master’s degree in nursing administration from the Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. in 1969.
In 1970 she returned to St. Vincent de Paul Hospital in Brockville as superior and director of nursing. In 1971 she was elected as the assistant general superior of her congregation for a six-year term.
During her last year on the general council she was the administrator of the Brockville hospital.
Sister returned to Providence Hospital in Moose Jaw in 1977 as coordinator of the day hospital and director of nursing. Three years later she became executive director of St. Mary’s of the Lake Hospital in Kingston. In 1986 she was appointed superior and associate executive director of St. Mary’s of the Lake Hospital.
In 1992 Maguire was sent to St. Mary’s Hospital in Camrose and became vice-president–West of the Providence Health System. She served on boards and committees of the Alberta and British Columbia health facilities until 1998.
She then began volunteering on the Alzheimer’s Unit at the Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Edmonton where she ministered until her death.
She had asked to volunteer on the Alzheimer’s Unit as this was an area that needed understanding and loving care both for the residents and their families. She also assisted with Catholic services at the home.
Sister Grace Maguire, a gifted and talented woman with her share of Irish wit, was a natural leader. She always had time for people, whether they were a patient, an employee in housekeeping or maintenance, a medical person or a visitor.
She was predeceased by her parents Francis and Rose, five brothers, including Father Charles Maguire and Sister Kathleen Maguire.
She is survived by a brother, Emmett of Creston, B.C., and three sisters, Josephine Hendrick and Sheila Ehman of Edmonton, and Fanchea Kordyback of Ottawa.
Sister Grace’s life was celebrated at Providence Centre Chapel in Edmonton with a vigil service on Feb. 21.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held in Kingston Feb. 24.
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