Sister Mary Demetria
1894 - 1990
Elizabeth Marguerite Steward was born in Madoc, Ontario, on August19, 1894, one of seven children born to John Stafford Stewart and Mary Elizabeth Burns.
Before entering, Elizabeth Marguerite had Grade X education and studied millinery.
On August 15, 1914, she entered the House of Providence; received the Holy Habit on June 10, 1915; pronounced her First Vows on December 12, 1916, taking the name of Sister Mary Demetria; and made Final Profession on January 5, 1920.
Sister Mary Demetria trained as a nurse at St. Vincent de Paul Hospital, Brockville, Ont., from 1918 – 1921 and after graduation, remained working at St. Vincent de Paul Hospital in the Operating Room and as Night Supervisor until 1924. Her career as a nurse also consisted of the following placements:
During the testimony of her life, the sisters and her relatives related that Sister Mary Demetria was a very devout and prayerful person; she cared for others, inspired confidence and gave generously of herself; sister, somehow, made you feel that everything was going to be alright; she was a woman of wisdom, compassion, understanding, dedicated service, and open to changes; and she had a great sense of humor and loved to dress up and play jokes on others.
She always kept in close touch with her relatives and for them she was a very special person. They looked forward to visiting with her and looked to her for advice when necessary.