Marie Evelyn Dunn, IHM
Sister Marie Evelyn was born on March 7, 1929, to Thomas and Florence (Mueller) Dunn of Detroit. She was baptized as Shirley Ann in St. Martin Church. The Dunn children, three sons and two daughters, attended St. Martin Grade School and High School. Immediately after graduation, Shirley Ann entered the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Monroe, and received the religious name, Sister Marie Evelyn. She would have celebrated her 70th Jubilee as an IHM Sister in 2018.
Sister Marie Evelyn devoted her teaching vocation to young students at many Catholic grade schools in Michigan for almost 50 years. She taught at St. Hugo, Bloomfield Hills; St. John, Benton Harbor; St. Patrick, Wyandotte; St. Mary of Redford and St. Francis de Sales, Detroit; St. Thomas, Ann Arbor; St. Mary, Monroe; St. Paschal, Taylor and for 10 years at St. Mary in Mount Morris. During her early grade school tenure, she earned a bachelor’s degree from Marygrove College and a master’s degree in education from Wayne State University, Detroit. Sister Marie Evelyn served in education administration as principal at St. Patrick, Carleton, from 1975 to 1982, where she was much-loved and appreciated by the parish community.
Sister Marie Evelyn left her teaching position at St. Mary in Mount Morris in 1999, but continued to volunteer her services at the school and parish. She resided in Mount Morris until 2002 when she retired to the Motherhouse. At the Motherhouse, she encountered many friends and often cared for those in the Health Care Center. She was always a kind and pastoral presence to staff and visitors.
Sister Marie Evelyn is survived by her brother Jack, several nieces and nephews, cousins and her sisters in community. She was preceded in death by brothers, Thomas and William and sister, Ruth Rodgers.
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