Sister Rosalie Frances McNaughton - North Providence

Sister Rosalie Frances McNaughton - North Providence

Sister Rosalie Frances McNaughton, FMM, 91 of Ein Karim Community, died on Oct. 30, 2014, at St. Antoine Residence, North Smithfield, R.I. Born in Boston, Mass., Sister Rosalie, was the daughter of the late Wilbur F. and Eleanor (Devine) McNaughton.

As a young woman, Rosalie’s early years were spent in Boston where she began dancing lessons at age 11. Aspiring to be a dancer, her lessons included ballet, tap, and interpretive dancing of all types. She taught dancing after high school for five years, and then for one year worked for an airline company.

The young woman of many interests and enthusiasms surprised her family and friends with the announcement of her entry to the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary in North Providence, R.I., September 1946. She made her final profession on March 19, 1952, and was sent to Emmanuel College in Boston graduating with a B.A. in chemistry and physics.

In 1953, she was missioned to Divine Providence Community in Manhattan, N.Y., where she studied for her Master's Degree in Social Work at Fordham University, graduating in 1955. She continued to minister at Divine Providence Shelter until May 1958 when she was missioned to Australia. On the way to Australia, she stopped in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia, followed by time in Singapore, experiencing poverty in other cultures, which allowed her to deepen and widen her knowledge of those with whom she would be engaged in the following years through her service of the Gospel.

From 1959 to 1967, Rosalie was stationed in Sydney, Australia, where she served as a staff member of the Archdiocesan Catholic Family Welfare Bureau. Then she served as superior and social worker in Canberra, Australia's capital city. During her time in Australia, she served on the provincial council for four years.

Rosalie was missioned to the United States at the end of 1970 to St. Clements’s Eucharistic Shrine, where she was appointed local coordinator. Her next mission sending was to McMahon Shelter in New York where she served as the executive director. She continued this ministry as well as that of local coordinator in Divine Providence, Manhattan. Wherever Rosalie was missioned, she served in leadership both at the provincial level and in local communities, but especially Rosalie was always a Sister among her Sisters. Before her final illness, she served as Director of FMM Facilities and Properties at Fruit Hill, North Providence.

She is survived by her brother, Tom McNaughton and his wife Joan residing in The Villages, Fla.; nieces, Pamela D’Ambrosio and husband Peter, from Arlington, Va., Marcia Stockwell, Ann Richardson and husband Wes, Patricia McNaughton from Hyannis, Mass., Eleanor Farwell from Stanton, Mass.; and nephews, Tom McNaughton and wife Gail from Andover, Mass., and Peter McNaughton and wife Tricia from Medfield, Mass.

Visiting hours will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, with a Wake Service at 7 p.m. in the Holy Family Chapel, 399 Fruit Hill Avenue, North Providence, with a Mass of Christian Burial at Holy Family Chapel, Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014 at 11 a.m. Burial will be in the Holy Family Cemetery. Funeral arrangements by Russell J. Boyle and Son Funeral Home.