Sister Eugene Maria, parochial school teacher

October 22, 2008

Sister Eugene Maria Harrison, a member of the Oblate Sisters of Providence and a retired parochial school educator, died of heart failure Oct. 10 at Villa Rosa Nursing Home in Mitchellville. She was 88.

Louise Elfreda Harrison was born and raised in Belize City, Honduras. After she graduated from high school, she was certified as a teacher and taught at Holy Redeemer School in Belize City.

She later earned her living as a seamstress before joining the British Red Cross, where she received training in first aid and home and practical nursing.

In the 1950s, Sister Eugene established a school for poor children in Belize City. She operated it until 1961, when she traveled to Chicago to further her medical education.

She entered the Oblate Sisters in 1978, taking the religious name of Sister Eugene Maria.

From 1978 to 1980, when she professed her vows, she worked in the Mount Providence Child Development Center in Catonsville.

Sister Eugene, who was proficient in Garifuna and Spanish, held parochial school teaching assignments in Buffalo, N.Y.; Asbury Park, N.J.; Normandy, Mo.; and Washington. She later taught English in Siquirres, Costa Rica, before retiring several years ago to her order's motherhouse in Catonsville.

Sister Eugene enjoyed crocheting, knitting and sewing.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered Thursday.

Surviving is a cousin, Brenda Lisbey Smith of Los Angeles.

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