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LETTER FROM SISTER LA MERCI MAHONY ANNOUNCING MARY’S DEATH, 8 August 1909 

My dear Sisters,

This news will not be a surprise to you as we were all in expectation of the end for some days. It came calmly and peacefully about half-past nine this morning. The change appeared about four o’clock. Father Keating S.J. was here at five and remained at dear Mother’s side till after six when Father McGrath came to say the community Mass. Of course we were all around her praying all the time. She seemed to be a little easier for a while, but at the hour mentioned she gently passed away, so quietly that we were hardly aware of it, although all were watching. 

His Grace the Archbishop came as soon as he heard of her weak state, but was not in time to see her before she died. He spoke to us very consolingly and kindly. Many messages of greatest sympathy are coming in all the morning. I could not count all the Masses and prayers that have been offered for her today. She had every possible spiritual and temporal consolation.

We do not know when the Requiem is to take place, but I shall tell you all later; it will not be for a few days.

I cannot say more now, but believe me to remain, with best love

Yours ever in J.M.J. 

Sister La Merci