Sister Margaret Jacob, FMM – North Smithfield

Sister Margaret Jacob, FMM – North Smithfield

Sister Margaret Jacob, FMM, died January 10, 2019, at Ein Karim Community, North Smithfield.

St. Margaret was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., April 30, 1937. She attended school there as well as in Queens, N.Y., when the family moved there. After this, Margaret worked as a secretary for a Manhattan firm for two years. During this time, she was in the Legion of Mary and her apostolate was visiting polio patients in Goldwater Memorial Hospital on Welfare Island, N.Y. Being in the Legion of Mary with its gatherings for prayer, sharing and the outreach to others, most likely influenced her choice to enter the FMM and to later study nursing.

Margaret entered the FMM at Fruit Hill, North Providence, in September, 1958. She made her First Vows in March, 1961 and her Final Vows in March, 1964. During this time, Margaret studied to be a licensed practical nurse and then received technical and nurses training to work in an operating room. After this, Margaret was missioned to Roslyn and worked in the hospital operating room. She also accompanied one of our sisters who was a commissioner, traveling to raise funds for our missions. She then served as community nurse at Fruit Hill.

In 1973, Margaret was missioned to Tamu, Ghana, West Africa, to be a nurse in Our Lady of Hope Hospital. She remained there until 1981 when she was missioned to be provincial secretary in Winneba, Ghana. From there she was missioned to both Jirapa and Tamale, as Director of the Clinic and Dispensary in 1984.

Returning back to the United States in 1986, Margaret was once again missioned to Fruit Hill as the infirmary nurse. In 1989, she was missioned back to Tamale and Tamu, Ghana, as Local Superior and Community Nurse. She served as Provincial Secretary once again from 1998 until she was missioned back to the United States for health reasons to St. Francis Hospital, Roslyn.

Finally, Margaret was missioned to St. Antoine Residence where she often delighted the nursing staff with her humor and joy. Whenever she has spoken about the people she served in Ghana, it is easy to see the love she had for them and that she did not mind doing things other than nursing such as making butter and repairing cars. Her caring continued as she prayed for the Ghanaian people and our missions there. Later, Margaret when diagnosed with dementia, Margaret was sent to the Special Care Unit where she died peacefully.

Sister's funeral will be held on Thursday, January 17, 2019, at 11 a.m., in Holy Family Chapel, 399 Fruit Hill Avenue, North Providence, RI 02911.

Visiting hours are Wednesday, January 16, 2019, from 4 to 8 p.m., with a wake service beginning at 7 p.m.

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