Sister Margaret attended Presentation Academy high school in Louisville and Nazareth College in Nazareth, Kentucky. She spent many years in education ministry, teaching high school in Owensboro and Lexington, Kentucky and Roanoke, Virginia. She later became the assistant dean and a professor of chemistry at Spalding College in Louisville.
Social justice and activism were very important to her. As a child, her family’s home was foreclosed on during the Great Depression. This and other experiences helped to shape her lifelong advocacy for the poor and oppressed. She spoke out against racial injustice and other inequalities in society. She served as staff assistant to Mayor Charles Evers of Fayette, Mississippi, in his unsuccessful bid to become its first African-American governor. While there she had the special task of assisting African-Americans in their effort to vote. In 1977, Sister Margaret became a founding member of NETWORK which is known today as a voice for justice and for the poor. Upon retirement, she continued to serve those in need, including her visits to women in a Louisville jail.
The SCN Community benefited from Sister Margaret’s involvement in many ways, including as the director of pastoral care at the Motherhouse in Nazareth and as a member of the Office of Global Concerns for the SCN Congregation.
She is survived by many nieces, nephews; and by her religious community.
Visitation will be held at St. Vincent Church, Nazareth, on Thursday, Dec. 28 at 6:30 p.m. The Mass of Christian burial will be at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 29 in St. Vincent Church, Nazareth. Burial will be in Nazareth Cemetery.
Sister Margaret’s body will be donated to science for medical research.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by Ratterman Funeral Home, 3800 Bardstown Road, Louisville. Memorials may be made to Office of Mission Advancement, P.O. Box 9, Nazareth, KY, 40048.