Sister Nancy Hunter (Sr. M. Margaret) of the Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul died peacefully at Providence Motherhouse on November 12, 2013.
She was born on March 13, 1932 in Brockville, Ontario one of twelve children of Margaret Black and Bernard Hunter. She entered the novitiate of the Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul on February 2, 1960. After making her profession of vows, she began her ministry as a housekeeper in the convents in King and Trenton, Ontario. This was followed by her ministry as a dietary assistant and later dietary supervisor at Providence Motherhouse.
In 1969 she was assigned to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Edmonton as sacristan and assisted in the cafeteria. Two years later she went to Rosary Hall in Edmonton where she was dietary supervisor and worked in the cafeteria. From there she went to St. Anthony’s Home in Moose Jaw as Activities Director until 1981.
At this time she returned to Kingston to minister in Activities at Providence Manor and St. Mary’s of the Lake Hospital after which she returned to Providence Manor to assist in the Hildegarde Centre in Activities until ill health necessitated her move to Providence Motherhouse in 2004.
Sister Nancy touched the lives of many people especially the elderly through her compassionate presence and humour. She was instrumental in introducing “pet therapy” at Providence Manor with her beloved dog, Casey.
Sister is predeceased by her parents, her brothers, Bernard, John Tom Edward and William and her sisters, Eleanor Whiteland, Margaret Hoffman, Jean St. Luis, Shirley Cumming and Catherine Hunter. She is survived by her Sister Patricia Dyer of Covina, California.
The Mass of Christian Burial, held in the Chapel of Mary Mother of Compassion, Providence Motherhouse on November 15, 2013 was presided over by Most Rev. Brendan M. O’Brien, Archbishop of Kingston assisted by members of the clergy. Friar Ed Debono, OFM Conv., was the homilist.