Sister Mary Anthony Garnier, OSP, of the Oblate Sisters of Providence, died July 20, 2017, at 101 years of age.
The former Velma Victoria Garnier was born April 11, 1916, in New Orleans, to D'Jalma and Florence (Mayborn) Garnier. At the age of 19, she joined the Oblate Sisters of Province, taking the name Anthony after entering the congregation in 1935 and professing vows in 1938.
She attended St. Louis University, in Missouri, Maryhurst College in Erie, Pa., and the Washington Montessori Institute, receiving degrees in elementary education. Throughout her long life, she was a housekeeper, catechist, guest mistress, social worker, teacher and director of Montessori schools.
In the Diocese of Buffalo, Sister Mary Anthony served at St. Augustine and Catholic Central schools. She spent the rest of her ministry serving elsewhere in the country: Holy Name of Mary in Chicago, St. Frances Home in Normandy, Mo., Christ the King in Sharon, Pa., St. Frances Convent in Baltimore, St. Raymond in New Orleans, St. Nicholas in St. Louis, Bambino Gesu in Philadelphia, and SS. Peter and Paul in Rockford, Ill.
A funeral Mass was held by the order on July 31, with burial after community Mass the following day.