Sister Mary Luke Gibbons

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Sister Mary Luke Gibbons, a member of the Mid-Atlantic Community of the Sisters of Mercy, died Wednesday, May 15, 2013, at Mercy Center, Dallas.

Baptized Rita Gibbons, Sister Luke was born Nov. 27, 1919, in Wilkes-Barre, a daughter of the late John and Anna Marie (Connor) Gibbons.

Sister Luke graduated from James M. Coughlin High School, Wilkes-Barre, and received a degree in business education from Misericordia University, Dallas, and her master's degree from Catholic University.

Sister Luke entered the Sisters of Mercy in Dallas on Sept. 8, 1944, and professed her vows on March 12, 1947.

Sister Luke was well-prepared for her ministry in education, which included both elementary and secondary schools in the dioceses of New York and Scranton. It was her great joy to be on the faculty of Misericordia University, where she initiated and chaired the business administration program. Sister Luke also served the Sisters of Mercy as provincial secretary in the former Scranton Province.

Sister Luke will be remembered by many at the former Wilkes-Barre General Hospital, where she volunteered as a Eucharistic minister. Sister Luke was then pleased to become an active member in the Ministry of Prayer at Mercy Center.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Catherine and Mary P. Gibbons; brothers, Robert, Joseph and William Gibbons.

Sister Luke is survived by her sister, Mrs. Gertrude Alles, and many devoted nieces and nephews.

The celebration of her life will begin at Mercy Center, Dallas, on Friday with a welcoming prayer at 9 a.m., followed by a viewing until 10:15 a.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:30 a.m., followed by interment at Mount Olivet Cemetery, Carverton section of Wyoming.

Memorial donations in the name of Sister Luke may be made to Mercy Center, P.O. Box 370, Dallas, PA 18612.

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Published in Times Leader on May 23, 2013