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Sister Marilyn Isabel Carty gsic

Sister Marilyn Isabel "Sister St. Marilyn" Carty gsic

Saturday, May 29th, 1937 - Sunday, September 15th, 2019
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Sister Marilyn Carty (Sister St. Marilyn), a Grey Sister of the Immaculate Conception, Pembroke, ON, died in Pembroke, on the 15th day of September, 2019 in the 66th year of Religious Life. Left to mourn her loss are the members of her Religious Community, her sisters, Sister Diane Carty, gsic, Carol Moran, and her brother, Peter, as well as devoted nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many dear friends. She was predeceased by her parents John Hunter and Isabelle Helen (Sinclair), and her brother, Michael. Sister Marilyn was born a twin, with Diane, in Toronto, on May 29, 1937. She entered the Community on September 7, 1954, pronouncing final vows on August 5, 1959. A teacher by profession, she served in various areas including Victoria Harbour, Pembroke, Ottawa, Kirkland Lake and Whitby. Her final assignment was at Bishop Smith Catholic High School in Pembroke from 1993-2000, after which she officially retired from the school system, having taught for forty-two years, primarily in elementary schools, with the exception of the seven years she was employed as Chaplain at Bishop Smith High School. Other works included preparation of children for sacraments, assistance in the Student Rainbow Program, youth and adult Church choirs, Working Girls Solidarity Program, and telling the story of St. Marguerite d'Youville in Ontario and Vancouver. In retirement, Marilyn was involved in Pastoral Care at Our Lady of Fatima Church, Ottawa, as Eucharistic Minister, and as visitor to seniors. Her final years were lived peacefully at Caritas Residence, Pembroke. Visitation at Caritas Residence, 215 Deacon Street, Pembroke, Wednesday, September 18th from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m., followed by sharing of memories. Funeral Liturgy in the Caritas Residence chapel at 2:30 p.m. Interment in St. Columba Cemetery.
Arrangements in the care of Murphy Funeral Home.
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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, September 18th, 2019 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Wednesday, September 18th, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Caritas Residence
    215 Deacon Street
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  • Service

    Wednesday, September 18th, 2019 | 2:30pm
    Wednesday, September 18th, 2019 2:30pm
    Caritas Residence Chapel
    215 Deacon Street
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    Rev. Fr. Garry Cain
  • Interment

    St. Columba's Cemetery,
    Bruham Avenue and TV Tower Road
    Laurentian Valley, ON K8A 6W5
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  • Reception

    Caritas Residence
    215 Deacon Street
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Lynne Sinclair

Posted at 04:49pm
I offer my most sincere condolences to the family of Sister Marilyn and to her community of the Grey Nuns. Words cannot convey the joy she brought into the lives of her friends, community and family. Hers was truly a happy life made so by a life of service to God. I am one of her cousins and I believe Sister Marilyn loved me along with her whole extended family with great depth. She was kind and personable and brought a spark into every situation she was in.We all loved Sister Marilyn and grieve her loss, except she is now with God, which provides some comfort. Good night beloved Marilyn.

Lynne Sinclair

Eleanor Crabtree

Posted at 12:32pm
My condolences to all the Carty Family Carol, Diane & Peter. I didn't get to know Marilyn well, and never could tell the sisters apart, but I remember happy times on the deck of Carol's house in Meaford. May the Lord be with you all. Jesus promised never to leave us or forsake us.
With love,
Eleanor C.

Patricia Power

Posted at 08:24am
My deepest sympathy to all the family and to her community of Grey Sisters. I remember Sr. Marilyn very well. She was my Grade 6 teacher at the original Our Lady of Mount Carmel School, and we reconnected a few years ago over lunch. Such a loss of a wonderful woman with a great sense of humour, who delighted in life. She was a super teacher, and taught me much about God, with Whom she is now. I am sorry to miss the funeral today, but cannot get away this afternoon. My prayers are with you all.

Family of Ann & Norm Sinclair

Posted at 04:51pm
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Jean Lawson Posted at 08:31pm

My husband and I met Sister Marilyn at Grimes Lodgecin Ottawa, when she and my husband were suffering from cancer. We became very good friends and, along with another lady, Terry Fisher, we spent a weekend at the Sisters’ Retreat. We had a wonderful time with a “Special Lady”. Marilyn was a very sweet person and we had many fun times with her. We were very sad to hear of her passing. RIP Marilyn. You will be sorely missed. Love Jack and Jean Lawson

Sharon Sinclair

Posted at 04:41pm
My deepest sympathies on the passing of Sister Marilyn. When I was a child, Sister Marilyn & her twin, Diane, used to visit my father, their Uncle Norman & family at our cottage on Lake Simcoe. When the Sisters wanted to swim, my father would take them swimming by motorboat, to "the middle or the lake". To me, the idea of swimming in water so deep that one couldn't touch the bottom was very frightening, not something I ever considered doing. And so this event was another extraordinary part of the puzzling adult world.

Today, when I reflected on Sister Marilyn and her family and friends, what came to mind was John Donne's tenth Holy Sonnet, "Death be not proud", in which he dismisses the idea of death as "Mighty and dreadful", in contrast to our expectation of "waking eternally" after "One short sleep" :

Death be not proud, thou some have called thee
Mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so;
For those whom thou thinks't thou dost overthrow
Die not, poor Death, nor yet canst thou kill me.
From rest and sleep, which but thy pictures be,
Much pleasure; then from thee much more must flow,
And soonest our best men with thee do go
Rest of their bones, and soul's delivery.
Thou art slave to fate, chance, kings, and desperate men,
And dost with poison, war and sickness dwell ,
And poppy or charms can make us sleep as well
And better than thy stroke; why swell'st thou then ?
One short sleep past, we wake eternally
And Death shall be no more; Death, thou shalt die.

A Mass will be offered for Sister Marilyn on December 1st 2019, the first Sunday in Advent, at Guardian Angels Church, Orillia ON. The weekly bulletins can be viewed at

Sharon Sinclair

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