Sr Jean Marie Andrews, FMDM of the Franciscan Missionaries of the Divine Motherhood in Singapore passed away on 17 March 2016. She was 85.
Sr Jean Marie was born in Penang, Malaysia on 29 October 1930 as the elder of twin girls in a family of seven children. The young Jean Marie was an excellent sportswoman who was a sprinter with the Penang Athletic Association and played for the state’s hockey team.
At 21, Sr Jean Marie first felt God’s call to religious life when she joked about joining the ‘nuns in Singapore who could drive’, since she loved to drive. Although she had no real intention of joining the FMDM then, she felt a constant restlessness until she finally announced to the Lord, “Lord, if this is what you want, I surrender!” Sr Jean Marie joined the FMDM as a postulant in 1953 and made her first profession in 1956.
After her profession, Sr Jean Marie was trained as a radiographer in the Royal Northern Hospital, London. She qualified in 1958, moved to Singapore and worked at the Rotary Club X-Ray Department attached to Tan Tock Seng Hospital until Mount Alvernia Hospital was built in 1961. She made her final profession in the same year. At Mount Alvernia Hospital, Sr Jean Marie established the Radiography department, operating the machines, developing and processing hundreds of x-rays while handling other administrative duties and being ready to dash off as an ambulance driver when needed.
In the early 1980s, Sr Jean Marie was sent for spiritual direction courses and served as a spiritual and retreat director in the United Kingdom and later on, Australia. In 1986, she became the Superior for Villa Francis Home for the Aged in Singapore. In 1994, after a six-month sabbatical, Sr Jean Marie was transferred to the Pastoral Care department of Mount Alvernia Hospital where she worked for the next seven years.
In 2001, after having replacement surgery for both knees, Sr Jean Marie stopped working in the hospital but continued to give spiritual and retreat direction under the FMDM’s Life Direction Team. In 2004, she also took charge of the FMDM archives which dated back to their arrival in 1947. She celebrated her Golden Jubilee in 2006.
Her funeral was held on 19 March 2016. We invite you to continue to pray for her in your masses and prayers.
Chancery of the Titular Roman Catholic Archbishop of Singapore
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