Patricia Ann Lines was born in Montreal on January 12, 1930. She was the only child of Margaret Monteith and William John Lines. She attended St. Ann’s Academy and St. Gabriel’s School in Montreal.
She entered the Novitiate of the Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul in Kingston, Ontario on February 2, 1948. Her ministries included some nursing at Providence Manor in Kingston, housekeeping in the convents in King, Arnprior, Montreal, Perth and Brantford. During these years she studied music qualifying her to teach piano and theory. She received her Associate Teacher’s Diploma from the Western Ontario Conservatory of Music in 1983. While she was in Perth, she directed the children’s choir of St. John’s Parish. Sister was gifted with a beautiful singing voice which she developed through singing lessons. She was a member of the Perth Community Choir usually singing in the choruses of various productions but at times taking solo roles. Sister also had a natural talent for drawing which she pursued and produced some lovely paintings.
She felt called to minister to the sick and so she took a course in pastoral care in preparation for this ministry which she embraced with her music and art. When Sister moved to the Motherhouse, she joined the Heathfield choir and was soloist and cantor on many occasions. She was also a member of the Sweet Adelines in Kingston.
Sister Margaret Mary was called home to her loving God on Friday, September 10, 2010.
The Mass of Christian Burial, held in the Chapel of Mary Mother of Compassion, Providence Motherhouse on Tuesday, September 14, was presided over by Most Rev. Brendan O’Brien, Archbishop of Kingston, accompanied by other members of the clergy. Rev. Michael Reed delivered the homily.