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Sister Rita Anthony MacKinnon

Born In: Glace Bay

Passed in: Antigonish, Canada
Passed on: March 25th, 2016

Sister Rita Anthony MacKinnon, 87, a Sister of Saint Martha of Antigonish, died at Bethany, the Motherhouse, on March 25, 2016, in the 63rd year of her religious life.
Born in Glace Bay, N.S., Sister Rita Anthony was one of seven children of the late Anthony and Mary (MacIntyre) MacKinnon.
The family later moved to Sydney, N.S. Presently she is survived by three sisters, Mary Mayo, Anne MacDonald and Bernadine MacKinnon; and by two brothers, Ronald J. and Anthony (Tony).
Sr. Rita Anthony entered the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Martha on Aug. 15, 1951, pronounced her first vows on Aug. 15, 1953 and her perpetual profession of vows on Aug. 15, 1956. Prior to her entrance into the Sisters of St. Martha, she attended classes at Sydney Academy and following that experience did some clerical work. Sister carried out various ministries during her religious life, which included management roles in housekeeping in various hospitals and other institutions operated by the Sisters of St. Martha. This took her to Sydney, Lethbridge, Alta., Ottawa, Ont., Glace Bay, and Antigonish. In 1973 she graduated from Confederation College of Applied Arts and Technology in Thunder Bay, Ont., and received her diploma in Institutional Management. Sr. Rita Anthony was a woman of prayer, was interested in people and their needs. She carried their concerns in her heart.
Sr. Rita Anthony ministered in Antigonish at Bethany, St. Martha’s Convent, St. Martha’s Hospital, R.K. MacDonald Guest House; in Sydney at Little Flower Institute, St. Rita Hospital, and at St. Charles Convent in Dominion, N.S.; in Ontario at Cardinal’s Residence in Willowdale, St. Pius X Seminary Convent in Ottawa, Ont.; and in Lethbridge, Alta.
Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her sisters, Mary Josephine MacKinnon, Evangeline Wagner and by one brother, Adrian MacKinnon.
Her remains will be resting at Bethany, beginning Monday, March 28, 2016, at 1:15 p.m., where a Celebration of Vigil will be held on the same evening at 7:30 p.m. Liturgy of Christian Burial will take place on Tuesday, March 29 at 2 p.m. in Bethany Chapel.
Arrangements are under the direction of C.L. Curry Funeral Services of Antigonish.
Online: www.clcurry.com.


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