Sister Rita Carey, SNJM
March 26, 1950 - Oct. 1, 2021
Sister Rita Carey, SNJM, 71, died Oct. 1, 2021, in Salem. Her Mass of Resurrection was celebrated Oct. 7, 2021, at Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Salem.
Daughter of Thomas and Madeline Lavin Carey, Rita was born in Ohio. The family later moved to Oregon, first to Medford and later Salem where in 1968 Rita graduated from Sacred Heart Academy. In 1971 Rita entered the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary. Upon completing her B.A., she embarked on her career in education at St. Mary's Academy, Portland where she served as an English teacher, vice principal and principal. She also taught and was vice principal of Holy Names Academy, Seattle. During this time, she completed an M.A. in English at the University of Oregon. A gifted writer, in 1988 Rita began doctoral studies eventually graduating from Florida State University with a Ph.D. in English. In 1992 Rita joined the faculty of Clark College, Vancouver, where she became a highly respected professor. She served as literary advisor to Phoenix, the student art and literary magazine which in 2008 was named the best college literary art magazine in the country by the American Scholastic Press Association. During these years and into her retirement, Rita utilized her wealth of creativity in numerous writing projects, poetry, book reviews, and short stories. She was also sought after as a highly knowledgeable educational consultant.
A Holy Names Sister for 47 years, Rita is survived by her siblings, Thomas J. Carey, M.D. (Jacqueline), William Carey (Darlene), Emma Carey Alstott, and Rev. Ray Carey; her nieces and nephews; and the members of her religious community. Remembrances may be made to the Sisters of the Holy Names, P.O. Box 398, Marylhurst, OR 97036 or online at:www.snjmusontario.org/donate
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Published by The Oregonian from Oct. 8 to Oct. 10, 2021.