WILTON – Sister Mary Elizabeth (Sister Mary Maurice) Harrington, a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph, West Hartford, died on March 3, 2014, at Lourdes Health Care Center at age 88. She had been in religious life for 69 years.
She was born in Providence, R.I., on Sept. 17, 1925, a daughter of the late James Stephen and Eileen Monica (Varley) Harrington. She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph on Sept. 10, 1945, and celebrated her perpetual profession of vows on Aug. 24, 1951.
Sister Marybeth, as she was known, received a Bachelor of Science and education degree from the Diocesan Sisters College in West Hartford and a master’s degree in chemistry and math from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. She also earned a master’s degree in theology from St. Bonaventure University in St. Bonaventure, N.Y.
Sister Marybeth taught in schools in the Archdiocese of Hartford and then for 11 years at St. Michael School in Ridge, Md. After returning to Connecticut, she became one of the founders of St. Paul Catholic High School in Bristol. She also started the Rocket Club as head of that school’s science department.
Sister Marybeth also ministered as a principal and teacher at Catholic schools and as a computer consultant, all in Stamford.
In addition to her religious community, Sister Marybeth is survived by her brother, Thomas Harrington; her sister, Maureen Braddock; and several nieces and nephews. Sister Marybeth was predeceased by her sisters, Nancy Baran and June Hannigan; and her brother, James Harrington.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on March 6 in St. Joseph Chapel at the provincial house. Burial was in the Sisters of St. Joseph Cemetery in West Hartford. Memorial donations may be made to the Sisters of St. Joseph, 27 Park Road, West Hartford, CT 06119.