Sister Dolorita Thompson, OSB of St. Scholastica Monastery entered into eternal life on Wednesday, May 7, 2014, at St. Scholastica Monastery in Fort Smith. She was born Beverly Ann Thompson to George and Adeline (Wortman) Thompson on January 23, 1931, in Council Bluffs, IA and grew up on a Nebraska farm. After obtaining a certificate of Practical Nursing in 1951, Sister Dolorita enlisted in the US Air Force. During the Korean War she flew to Pacific islands on medical missions to transport wounded soldiers back to American hospitals. She entered St. Scholastica convent on September 5, 1954 and became a novice on June 24, 1955, taking the name Sister Dolorita. In 1979, she went with a small group of sisters as a founding member of a dependent priory, St. Benedict’s in Canyon, TX. She returned to St. Scholastica in 1999. During her nursing career she worked with child abuse and neglect groups, in hospice work, and in home health care. After she retired she was an active volunteer at Mercy Fort Smith Hospice, receiving several Governors Awards for volunteer service. She was preceded in death by her parents.
Survivors include several aunts, cousins and her religious family. Sister Dolorita’s funeral Mass was celebrated on May 9, 2014 with Fr. David McKillin, OSB presiding.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Scholastica Continuing Care Fund, P. O. Box 3489, Fort Smith, AR 72913.Donate In Sr. Dolorita Thompson’s Memory
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