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Sister Kevin (Joyce) Crain

Sister Kevin (Joyce) Crain of the Sisters of Our Lady of Charity died Dec. 29, 2009, at Union Hospital, Dover.  Sister was 75 years old and in her 51st year of religious life.

Sister Kevin was born in Port Arthur, TX, the daughter of the late Lee H. and Corine (Reed) Crain.  She was from a family of eight children, five of whom preceded her in death.

Sister entered the convent in 1954.  She received her childcare certification from St. Louis (MO) University and was supervisor of the boys department at St. John's Villa from 1960 to 1966. Sister continued to study special education at the University of Steubenville and was principal of Our Lady of Fatima School from 1966 to 1979.

While principal, she developed the curriculum for the physically and mentally challenged student and obtained the first charter for Our Lady of Fatima School.  Most noteworthy was the development of the Villa Restaurant, the first practical experience program leading to future employment for the students.  The Villa Restaurant was noted throughout the community for its good food and fine service.  While director of the restaurant, Sister began the Friday Fish Fry, which drew many people from the surrounding areas to the restaurant.  The proceeds were used for the Sisters' services to the needy.

Sister was known for her compassion to the needy.  She was responsible for the Christmas Gift Meal, a long-standing tradition of the Sisters of Our Lady of Charity providing a complete Christmas meal free of charge to those in need.

Sister held several responsible positions within the convent and was Superior of the community in the mid-90s. Until her recent hospitalization, Sister was actively head of the Food Service.

Sister is survived by the Sisters of Our Lady of Charity, her sister, Juanita Denny of San Deigo, CA; a brother, Bruce of Los Angeles, CA; and nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian burial was held Jan. 2 in Sisters of Our Lady of Charity chapel.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Sisters of Our Lady of Charity Needy Fund.  Arrangements were under the care and guidance of Sweeney-Dodds Funeral Home of Carrollton.


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