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Re: 3 Brothers Coady Legend in Atlantic Canada (?)
Posted by: gary david quillan (ID *****5640) Date: June 10, 2002 at 20:06:39
In Reply to: Re: 3 Brothers Coady Legend in Atlantic Canada (?) by Michael Coady of 181

TO:
2855 Parker St, Vancouver, .B.C,
The relatives and friends of Sister Edna Marie Coady
FROM: Sister Irene Farner, S.C.
Although I '.vould like to write a personal letter to you, I must choose this means to tell you that Sister Edna Marie died on Tuesday, March 11, at Mount Saint Joseph Hospital, Vancouver, Where she had been a patient since January 15, 1975.
Sister and I had been friends since our days in th novitiate at Mount Saint Vincent, Halifax. It was, therefore, a joy to me that I was able to respond
to her request, which I received on February l5, to spend a few days with
her. I carre to Vancouver on February 19 and received hospitality fran the Missionary Sisters of the nnnaculate Conception who staff Mount Saint Joseph.
I was able to be with Sister Edna Marie fran early morning until lO:P.M.
During those days I wrote the letters that she dictated, did little errands
for her, and prayed with her. She knew that her condition was serious and


Sister told me that she might not be rational the following morning and so she wanted to talk to me about her f uneral. after that she talked about. the great need for sisters in the far North: and we prayed together .
The followoing m:)rning Sister said to me , " I t has care too--qllickl y. " I read sare of her favorite Psalms and this had a soothing effect on her. Then I recited the formula for the renewal of religious vows. Sister had mentioned previously that she would not be around for the thirty-fifth anniversary of her first vows--March 24. [X)ctor A. Moore came in during the m:)rning and Sister knew h~. Later the chaplain, Father McEvoy, gave her a final blessing and in another ten minutes Sister breather her last and I rang for the nurse . Arrong her last words were : "We are all so different ,- !' God is good ."and , " The poor, oh! the poor that we cannot reach."
It was a privilege to have been able to be with Sister Edna Marie during those
last hours of her life. All of you were very Irn.lch in her thoughts and prayers.
Sister's remains were brought to ,()..}r Lady of Sorrows ' Convent on Wednesday afternoon and placed in the chapel. That evening the sisters fran our Vancouver convents gathered for the Office of the Dead which was led by Sister Mary Theresa, Provincial Superior. At the conclusion Father Richard, c.s. , gave
the blessing and we sang the Salve Regina in Latin. (Sister had asked for
this hymn many times during her last days. )
The funeral Mass at O.lr Lady of Sorra'lS ' Church on Thursday at 7P .M. was celebrated by the l'obst Rev .James Carney, Archbishop of VancotNer~ the co-celebrants
were Fathers McEvoy and Spade, C.S. The latter gave the hOMily which was
based on Mt.25:31-46. Our sisters from the Vancouver-Renton area were joined
by sisters from several congregations of the Archdiocese and many parishioners .
Also present at the Mass were Sister Edna Marie's relatives: Judge James M.
Coady and his daughter, Mrs. L. McKinnon~ Mr. & Mrs. Reginald Anderson and their,
two daughters from Seattle, Washington. The final blessing and burial in
St. Peter's Cemetery, New Westminster, took place at lO:A.M., March 13, 1975.TO:
2855 Parker St, Vancouver, .B.C,
The relatives and friends of Sister Edna Marie Coady
FROM: Sister Irene Farner, S.C.
Although I '.vould like to write a personal letter to you, I must choose this means to tell you that Sister Edna Marie died on Tuesday, March 11, at Mount Saint Joseph Hospital, Vancouver, Where she had been a patient since January 15, 1975.
Sister and I had been friends since our days in th novitiate at Mount Saint Vincent, Halifax. It was, therefore, a joy to me that I was able to respond
to her request, which I received on February l5, to spend a few days with
her. I carre to Vancouver on February 19 and received hospitality fran the Missionary Sisters of the nnnaculate Conception who staff Mount Saint Joseph.
I was able to be with Sister Edna Marie fran early morning until lO:P.M.
During those days I wrote the letters that she dictated, did little errands
for her, and prayed with her. She knew that her condition was serious and


Sister told me that she might not be rational the following morning and so she wanted to talk to me about her f uneral. after that she talked about. the great need for sisters in the far North: and we prayed together .
The followoing m:)rning Sister said to me , " I t has care too--qllickl y. " I read sare of her favorite Psalms and this had a soothing effect on her. Then I recited the formula for the renewal of religious vows. Sister had mentioned previously that she would not be around for the thirty-fifth anniversary of her first vows--March 24. [X)ctor A. Moore came in during the m:)rning and Sister knew h~. Later the chaplain, Father McEvoy, gave her a final blessing and in another ten minutes Sister breather her last and I rang for the nurse . Arrong her last words were : "We are all so different ,- !' God is good ."and , " The poor, oh! the poor that we cannot reach."
It was a privilege to have been able to be with Sister Edna Marie during those
last hours of her life. All of you were very Irn.lch in her thoughts and prayers.
Sister's remains were brought to ,()..}r Lady of Sorrows ' Convent on Wednesday afternoon and placed in the chapel. That evening the sisters fran our Vancouver convents gathered for the Office of the Dead which was led by Sister Mary Theresa, Provincial Superior. At the conclusion Father Richard, c.s. , gave
the blessing and we sang the Salve Regina in Latin. (Sister had asked for
this hymn many times during her last days. )
The funeral Mass at O.lr Lady of Sorra'lS ' Church on Thursday at 7P .M. was celebrated by the l'obst Rev .James Carney, Archbishop of VancotNer~ the co-celebrants
were Fathers McEvoy and Spade, C.S. The latter gave the hOMily which was
based on Mt.25:31-46. Our sisters from the Vancouver-Renton area were joined
by sisters from several congregations of the Archdiocese and many parishioners .
Also present at the Mass were Sister Edna Marie's relatives: Judge James M.
Coady and his daughter, Mrs. L. McKinnon~ Mr. & Mrs. Reginald Anderson and their,
two daughters from Seattle, Washington. The final blessing and burial in
St. Peter's Cemetery, New Westminster, took place at lO:A.M., March 13, 1975.


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