Sister Mary Elizabeth Harrington (Sister Mary Maurice), a member of the Sisters of Saint Joseph, West Hartford, CT, died at Lourdes Health Care Center in Wilton, CT on March 3, 2014. Born in Providence, RI on September 17, 1925 of the late James Stephen Harrington and Eileen Monica (Varley) Harrington, Sister Marybeth entered the Sisters of St. Joseph on September 10, 1945 and celebrated her perpetual Profession of Vows on August 24, 1951. Sister was 88 years of age and had been in Religious Life for 69 years. Sister Marybeth received a Bachelor of Science and Education Degree from the Diocesan Sisters College, West Hartford, CT, and a Master's Degree in Chemistry and Math at Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. Sister also received a Master's Degree in Theology from St. Bonaventure University, St. Bonaventure, NY. Sister Marybeth taught in the Archdiocesan Schools followed by eleven years teaching at St. Michael School, Ridge, MD. On returning to Connecticut, she became one of the founders of St. Paul Catholic High School in Bristol, CT. As head of the Science Department, she started the notorious Rocket Club, which resulted in near fires and explosions, much to the delight of her students. Sister Marybeth was dearly missed by her students on leaving St. Paul's. Sister Marybeth's other ministries were as principal of St. Bridget School, teacher
at Sacred Heart Academy, Computer Consultant for Gartner Group and Data Analyst for Coast to Coast Telecommunications, all in Stamford, CT. Sister Marybeth, an advocate of the adage, "Everyone has a piece of the truth," enacted this throughout her life by her deep respect for everyone's ideas, opinions and feelings. On her retirement at the Provincial House, Sister courageously battled her illness, which called forth remarkable patience resulting in admiration from her Sisters in Community. In addition to her Sisters in Community, Sister Marybeth is survived by her brother, Thomas Harrington, her sister, Maureen Braddock, and her brother-in-law, Michael Hannigan. Sister is also survived by several nieces and nephews. Sister Marybeth was predeceased by her sisters, Nancy Baran and June Hannigan; and her brother, James Harrington. Relatives and friends may call at the Convent of Mary Immaculate in West Hartford, CT on Thursday, March 6, from 3 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 7:00 p.m. in St. Joseph Chapel. Burial services will be held on Friday, March 7, at 9:00 a.m. from the Convent of Mary Immaculate to the Sisters of St. Joseph Cemetery in West Hartford. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Sisters of St. Joseph, 27 Park Road, West Hartford, CT 06119. Fisette-Batzner Funeral Home, 20 Bonair Avenue, Newington has care of the arrangements.