Sisters of the Past

Sister Ursula Mary Tymons

1885 9 January 1955

Profiled November 2012

Mary Tymons was born in Timaru in 1885.  Mary was known to have had a brother who was ordained a priest.

She entered the Sisters of St Joseph on 1 February 1904, and was professed as Sister Ursula on 23 January 1908. 

As soon as she was professed Sister Ursula was appointed as a foundation member of the Feilding Community.  A very good music teacher, Sister Ursula was only in Feilding a matter of weeks, as music pupils came slowly initially, and she was moved somewhere else.

Sister Ursula is remembered as a person who put her heart and soul into everything she did ‘a great sister’.  She had a calliper on one leg, but this did not hinder her in any way.  Later in life she walked from Grey Street to St Mary’s Church in Victoria Avenue each Sunday.

There is no record of her appointments from 1910 1929, but from 1922 1930 she was a member of the community at Mangaweka, and from there went back to Feilding for 3 years.  She was also associated with Hastings, Waipawa, Waipukurau, and St Mary’s and Sacred Heart in Whanganui.

Sister Ursula died in 1955 at the age of 70 years.  Requiem Mass was celebrated in the Sacred Heart Chapel and Sister Ursula was buried in Aramoho Cemetery,  Whanganui.

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