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Passed on: February 8th, 2017

Sister Anna Beaton, 92, formerly Sister Donalda Maria, a Sister of St. Martha of Antigonish died at Bethany Motherhouse, on Wednesday, February 8, 2017. She was in the 72nd year of her religious life.
Born in Inverness, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Sister Anna was the daughter of the late Donald Duncan and Mary Margaret (MacIntyre) Beaton of Inverness, N.S. Sister Anna entered the Sisters of St. Martha on February 15, 1944, pronounced her first vows on February 15, 1946, and her final vows on August 15, 1949. Sister ministered in the area of household services for most of her life, and spent several years as Sacristan at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish. She served in household services in Antigonish at Bethany, the Coady International Institute, St. Martha’s Convent, House of Hope, Xavier Community, Faustina Community, and Marian Community; in Cape Breton at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Glace Bay, and Little Flower Institute, Sydney; Mineral Springs Hospital in Banff, AB, and St. Martha’s Catholic Center, Boston, MA, USA. She spent one year in a Renewal Program at Dover, MA. in 1991/92, and was Local Leader in her community 1985/87.
Besides her parents, Sister Anna was predeceased by four of her sisters, Sister Dolena, CSM, Sarah, Mary Agnes Beaton, Kaye Kennedy and two brothers, John Duncan and John Angus. She is survived by one sister, Mary Michael Pyne, So. Portland, ME, USA. She also has several nieces and nephews who have been devoted to Sister Anna and she to them. Sister Anna loved the Scottish Gaelic language and music. She could certainly get her feet moving to any rhythm and dance steps, inviting all to join her.
The remains will be resting at Bethany beginning on Wednesday, February 15th at 1:15 p.m. A Celebration of Vigil will be held on the same evening at 7:30 p.m. Liturgy of Christian burial will take place on Thursday, February 16th at 2 p.m. in Bethany Chapel. Arrangements are under the direction of C.L. Curry Funeral Home, Antigonish, N.S. C.L. Curry Funeral Services Ltd. 135 College Street Antigonish, NS B2G 1X9 Online: www.clcurry.com.


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