PUTNAM – Sister Mary Roy, 87, a member of the Daughters of the Holy Spirit, died on March 30, 2015, at the Holy Spirit Health Care Center, where she had resided since August 2010.
She was born July 2, 1928, in Pittsfield, Mass., the daughter of Roger and Amelia (Mercure) Roy. She entered religious life at Holy Spirit Provincial House in Putnam in 1944 and made her religious profession there on Aug. 16, 1948. She was then known as Sister Mary Roger.
She taught on the elementary level from 1948-66 in Putnam, Waterbury and West Haven as well as in Gadsden, Ala., and Pittsfield and West Warren, Mass. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in education in 1966 and taught middle school in Plainville in 1967. She then taught at Cathedral High School in Bridgeport.
Meanwhile, she earned a Master of Science degree in library science and in 1972 began working part-time in the library at Annhurst College in South Woodstock.
In 1980, she worked as a librarian at Marianhill High School in Southbridge, Mass. In 1983, she returned to Alabama and taught at All Saints School in Anniston. She was engaged in social ministry in Gadsden and Taladega, Ala., from 1989 until her retirement to the provincial house in Putnam in March 2010.
She is survived by her brother Roger Roy of Raynham, Mass., and two nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated April 1 in the provincial house chapel. Burial was in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Putnam.