Sister Virginia Ruth Pendleton
1928 - 2018
Wheaton Franciscan Sister
Sr. Virginia Ruth Pendleton was born August 3, 1928 in Carthage, Missouri, to Leona and Carr Pendleton. She was one of their nine children. At the age of 32, Virginia Ruth chose to be baptized into the Roman Catholic Community at St. Leonard Church in West Terre Haute, Indiana. Five years later, she entered the Wheaton Franciscan Sisters. When she became a novice in 1966, she received the name of Sr. Dolorita of the Holy Name of Mary. After Vatican II, she returned to her birth and baptismal name.
Her life and ministry experiences as a religious woman were many and diverse, and a brilliant witness to her creativity, her sense of servanthood, and her blessing of loving and the compassionate presence that she always emanated. She brought her unique spirit wherever she saw a need among others, whether it was in Wheaton, St. Louis, Denver, Milwaukee, or Rome.
Her final years were spent at St. Patrick’s Residence, Naperville, Illinois. There she passed into the fullness of God on September 27, 2018. A Memory Service will be held Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at the Our Lady of the Angels Chapel in Wheaton, Illinois at 4:00 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at the Our Lady of the Angels Chapel in Wheaton, Illinois at 10:00 a.m.
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