Mary (Caritas) Naughton, IHM


Sister Mary Naughton, IHM, 92, died Tuesday evening, April 24, at IHM Senior Living Community, Monroe.

Mary was born in Detroit on Dec. 22, 1925, to Irish-immigrant parents, John and Catherine (Murphy) Naughton. The family, including daughter, Kathleen, and son, John, belonged to St. Gregory Parish, and the children attended the parish grade and high schools. As soon as Mary graduated, she entered the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Monroe. She received the religious name Sister Caritas and joined many of her cousins in religious life.

Sister Mary’s early teaching ministry was with young elementary students in Detroit at St. Charles, St. Martin, St. Matthew and St. Rose; Holy Cross, Marine City; and St. Phillip, Battle Creek. Along with teaching responsibilities, every year she prepared a First Communion class and assisted older students with their Latin studies. She earned a bachelor’s degree at Marygrove College, and within several years, a Master of Arts in Education at the University of Detroit. Sister Mary continued in elementary teaching in Michigan at Blessed Sacrament and St. Edward, Detroit; St. Anne, Warren; Sacred Heart, Roseville; and St. Gertrude and St. Isaac Jogues, St. Clair Shores.

In the mid-1970s, Sister Mary transitioned to new ministries in parish life, communications and library sciences. Earning a master’s degree in library sciences from Wayne State University, Detroit, led her to serve as librarian at St. Clement High School, Centerline; St. Mary, Gaylord; Bishop Borgess High School, Redford; St. Scholastica Elementary, Detroit; and Our Lady of LaSalette in Berkley, Mich.

Sister Mary served her community in Monroe as librarian for 10 years in the IHM Congregational Library and Visitation House of Prayer. In 2002, she moved to the Motherhouse, and at age 80, considered herself retired. When her health began to decline, she moved to the Health Care Center, where she resided until the time of her death.

Sister Mary is survived by sister-in-law Julia Naughton, several cousins, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by siblings Kathleen Dryovage and John “Jack” Naughton.

Visitation will be held at the IHM Motherhouse, 610 W. Elm Ave., Monroe on Monday, April 30, beginning at 9 a.m. A Remembering and Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in St. Mary Cemetery on the Motherhouse Campus. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Rupp Funeral Home, Monroe. Memorials may be made to the IHM Retirement Fund, 610 W. Elm Ave., Monroe, MI 48162-7909.

Read her Remembering.