Georgia Bulletin

The Newspaper of the Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta


Mercy sister ministered for 73 years

Published October 24, 2013

ATLANTA—Sister Maureen Cartwright, RSM, a former nursing supervisor at Atlanta’s St. Joseph’s Infirmary, died at the Mercy Convent in Savannah on Aug. 2, 2013. She was 99 years old.

Sister Maureen Cartwright, RSM

Sister Maureen Cartwright, RSM

Sister Maureen, a member of the Sisters of Mercy religious community for 73 years, served her long ministry in health care.

A native of Tifton, she was born Mildred Lynelle Cartwright on April 23, 1914.  She studied as a nursing student at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Savannah, Mount St. Agnes College, Baltimore, Md., and at the Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. She practiced as a pediatric and school nurse, in addition to obstetrics and gynecology. She took on additional responsibilities in supervisory positions at St. Joseph’s Infirmary, Atlanta; St. Joseph’s Hospital, Savannah; Villa Mercy, Daphne, Ala.; and Mercy Villa, Baltimore.

She is survived by her nephews, Byron and Kelley Cartwright, and by a niece, Sydney Cartwright. Sister Maureen was a dear friend to Sister Valentina Sheridan, RMS, and her Sisters of Mercy community.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Saturday, Aug. 31, in the Riley Chapel of the Mercy community in Savannah, followed by burial in the Catholic Cemetery.

Memorial gifts can be made to the Sisters of Mercy at the Mercy Convent, 11801 McAuley Drive, Savannah, GA 31419.