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Sr Mary Eileen Coady
Birth: May 13, 1887, Ireland
Death: Nov. 14, 1978
Inglewood
Los Angeles County
California, USA

Sister Mary Eileen Coady, C.S.J., was born in Ireland on May 13, 1887. Her parents were Thomas Coady and Margaret "Peggy" Foley Coady. Eileen's sister was Ellen Coady, and Ellen married Miles P. Clinch.

In 1904 Eileen arrived in America. Her prior residence in Ireland was Graigue, Ireland.

Ellis Island Record:
First Name: Mary
Last Name: Coady
Ethnicity: Irish
Last Place of Residence: Graigue
Date of Arrival: Sep 30, 1904
Age at Arrival: 17y Gender: F Marital Status: S
Ship of Travel: Carpathia
Port of Departure: Queenstown
Manifest Line Number: 0005

In the immigration list she gives her destination as her Uncle James Foley, in Rantoul, Illinois.

The following are emails from Maureen O'Ryan Gawne Ybarra to Cherie Jameison. They are used here with Maureen's permission.

Saturday, March 24, 2007 1:00 AM
"Just yesterday the family was talking about the old sister Eileen and how the hospital was run so much better when she was around and how she came into our lives many times to help.
Believe me, no nonsense was her goal and that she accomplished very well, [and] with love...."

Saturday, March 24, 2007 1:20 PM
"Hello again,
I am so glad to hear about Sr. Eileen, CSJ, who was such a nice person always to me. and came
to see me and my mother and family way back in 1970 or so...that was when the nuns were given
a chance to return to see their families and so on.
She went to Ireland too, and thought the changes were great. What a neat lady she was and a treasure to the hospital and church...."

Following are excerpts from publications that mention Sr. Eileen.

"Mary Coady was the first alumna of the school to make her profession a s a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet and to return to Tucson to join t he hospital staff. For many years she supervised the maternity departme nt both in its first quarters in the original hospital and in the new s ection on the top floor of the north win-g. From 1941-1947 Sister Mary E ileen Coady was the Superintendent of St. Mary's and Superior of the Si sters." From http://parentseyes.arizona.edu/carondelet/ames_nursing_2. html

Lovely article about "A Heritage of Loving Service" at St. Mary's Hospi tal
http://parentseyes.arizona.edu/carondelet/ames_nursing_2.html

The St. Mary's I Knew
By Sisters Aloysia Ames

History of the School of Nursing 1914 - 1966
St. Mary's Hospital, Tucson

School Activities

"The fiftieth anniversary of the arrival in Arizona of the first seven Sisters of St. Joseph was a time of special festivity in Tucson. As its share in the general celebration, the School of Nursing emphasized the third annual graduation of May 1920. In recounting the event the local press gives the names of the graduates - Mary Coady, Mrs. Frances Edith Geffs, Miss Aimee Graves Hendy and Mrs. Lillian Conocer Thompson. Dr. Arthur Olcott, Chief of the Medical Staff, conferred the diplomas; Dr. Edward J. Gotthelf Jr., Secretary, presented the pins; Dr. A. Garfield Schnabel made an address on "Preparation." Dean Byron Cummings of the University of Arizona made the opening address. The news story concludes with this personal touch: "Little Martha Geffs led the march into the lecture hall which was tastefully decorated with palo verde and columbine blossoms against branches of peppertree foliage."

"Mary Coady was the first alumna of the school to make her profession as a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet and to return to Tucson to join the hospital staff. For many years she supervised the maternity department both in its first quarters in the original hospital and in the new section on the top floor of the north win-g. From 1941-1947 Sister Mary Eileen Coady was the Superintendent of St. Mary's and Superior of the Sisters. Mrs. Frances Geffs, her classmate, was also closely associated with St. Mary's. After practicing nursing for many years in Tucson, Mrs. Geffs joined the hospital management team in 1942 as Executive Housekeeper which position she developed and filled until she retired in February 1959.....

"Until Sister Mary Eileen Coady, who in 1941 succeeded Sister Ildephonse Kelly as Hospital Superintendent, established a Central Service Room, we students were responsible for maintaining on our individual nursing units an adequate supply of dressing, kits and the various kinds of trays proper to our area. We washed the syringes and instruments, assembled the kits, took them to surgery to be autoclaved called for them when they were sterile and restocked our dressing room. The surgery staff maintained the intravenous, hypodermoclysis and transfusion needles and rubber tubing....."
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Also see http://parentseyes.arizona.edu/carondelet/heritage_toc.html

Heritage: The Story of St. Mary's Hospital, 1880-1980
By Leo G. Bryne and Sister Alberta Cammack, C.S.J

Chapter I Frontier Hospital
World War II

"Once the war-generated movement of Americans to the Southwest started, it never stopped. Tucson continued to grow after the war both because of continuing uncertainty in the international situation and because of the desire of thousands to escape the blight and dreariness of the older population centers. By 1946 it was painfully evident that the cycle of remodeling and expanding had to begin anew. Plans and projects had to await the availability of materials, the switch of construction companies from a war economy to a civilian economy, and a return to whatever normalcy might ensue. Sister Mary Eileen Coady, Administrator from 1941 - 1947, guided the hospital through the period of the war and made ready for the next phase of growth. Plans included alteration of routine, as well as physical enlargement of the plant."

Sister Mary Eileen Coady, C.S.J., passed away on November 14, 1978 in Daniel Freeman Hospital, Inglewood, Los Angeles, California, USA.

She was a blessing and God's Grace to all who knew her.
 
 
Inscription:
Shared Headstone:

C.S.J.
SISTER MARY MICHAEL GILDEA
NOV 2 1892 - OCT 28 1978

SISTER MARY EILEEN COADY
MAY 13 1887 - NOV 14 1978

REQUIESCAT IN PACE

 
Burial:
Holy Cross Cemetery
Culver City
Los Angeles County
California, USA
Plot: Section M, Lot 442, Grave 6
 
Created by: Cherie J.
Record added: Sep 06, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 76083800
Sr Mary Eileen Coady
Added by: JAB
 
Sr Mary Eileen Coady
Added by: JAB
 
Sr Mary Eileen Coady
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Dear Sister Eileen, May God bless you and may you rest in peace. With love, from your family.
- Cherie J.
 Added: Sep. 6, 2011
 
This page is sponsored by: Cherie J.

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