Thursday, October 30, 2008

Remembering Sister Carla Mitchell, OSB

You may have noticed on our home page that Sister Carla Mitchell died October 27. Sister Carla was 104 years old and would have been 105 in December! I can't even imagine all the changes and innovations that she witnessed during her lifetime. I've seen many changes in my lifetime and I'm only half Sister Carla's age plus a few years!

Sister Carla was well known as a teacher in Indiana, North Dakota, Arizona, Louisiana, California, and probably a few other places. She touched the lives of many, many children and she touched the lives of their parents. Last night at her wake service one of the parents spoke about how Sister Carla tutored his daughter in Latin because that subject wasn't offered in her high school. Great nieces and nephews spoke about her encouraging them in their studies and the fun they had with her.

Many of the sisters shared their memories of Sister Carla. One memory was about her wanting to take voice lessons as a jubilee gift from one of the sisters. She had one voice lesson and at the end of it she was asked if there wasn't something else she could give her as a jubilee gift! The music teacher knew that singing was just not Sister Carla's cup of tea!

Sister Carla always had such a positive attitude. She looked for the good in whatever was happening and encouraged others to do the same. She was a faithful, prayerful, fun-loving individual who will be missed by all of us. Sister Carla, pray to God for all of us.

1 comment:

  1. Sister Agnes,
    I am sorry to hear of Sister Carla's death, but it sounds like she had a long and fufilling life! I have had the experience of volunteering with and spending time with senior citizens who are in their 90's and 100's. My Dad used to work for the Council for Senior Citizens here in North Carolina, and one of my favorite things to do was sit and talk for hours sometimes with some of the older ones. And every year he would have an "Over 90's Party" for the seniors who were all 90 and over. One year he had a couple who were both in their 100's and I can't even remember how long they had been married. I think it was something like 80 years.
    Thank you for sharing that story about Sister Carla, I really enjoyed reading it. I promise I will be better about keeping in touch. Take care and God bless.
    In His Unconditional Love,
    Alex Larsen