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Maryknoll Sister Margaret Lyons, 95, Ossining

Sister Margaret Lyons spent more than 24 years working for the poor in Chile.
Sister Margaret Lyons spent more than 24 years working for the poor in Chile. Photo Credit: Contributed

OSSINING, N.Y. -- Sister Margaret Lyons, 95, a missioner to Chile and El Salvador, died Tuesday at the Maryknoll Sisters Center, in Ossining, where she was a sister for 69 years.

Born in South Boston, Mass., on March 16, 1921, to Margaret Mary (Davitt) Lyons and John Joseph Lyons, she received the name Marjorie Ann at baptism. She had two brothers, John J. and Paul and three sisters, Dorothy, Elizabeth and Marie. Her parents and siblings have predeceased her.

Sister Margaret graduated from Quincy High, in Quincy, Mass., in 1939. After graduating high school she worked at Liberty Mutual Insurance Company in Boston from 1939 to 1947.

She entered the Maryknoll Sisters Congregation from Sacred Heart Parish, in the Archdiocese of Boston on September 6, 1947, at the “Venard” the Maryknoll Preparatory Seminary in Pennsylvania. She received her religious habit six months later at the Maryknoll Sisters Center, Maryknoll, and received the religious name Sister Margaret John.

From 1954 to 1957 she studied at the Maryknoll Teacher’s College and graduated with a bachelor of education degree. In 1957, she was assigned to her first overseas mission in Chile, where she worked for 24 years in parish elementary and high schools.

In 1984, Sister Margaret was called back to the Maryknoll Sisters Center to serve as assistant treasurer until 1988. She was then assigned to El Salvador, where she did pastoral work until 2004. She was then assigned to Monrovia, where she did volunteer work at the Monrovia Civic Community. She returned to the Maryknoll Sisters Center to retire in 2006.

A funeral mass was held on Saturday, Jan. 7.

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