Sister Carmen de Barros, 91, formerly Sister Francis Mary, of the Sisters of St. Francis, Oldenburg, died Tuesday, June 3, 2014, at the convent.
Born March 10, 1923, in Havana, Cuba, she was the daughter of Francisca (Coll) and Leonardo de Barros. She entered the convent Sept. 5, 1944, and made her final vows Aug. 12, 1951.
A teacher of Spanish, biology and religion as well as being a student counselor, she taught at Oldenburg Academy; Scecina High School and St. Mary's Academy, Indianapolis; and Our Lady of Angels High School, Cincinnati. Stepping away from teaching after 43 years, she founded the Casa Franciscana de Alegria, Chicago. It provided Hispanic women a place to go to explore and understand their call to service for God and church. After 14 years as director, she retired to the Motherhouse, Oldenburg.
Sister Carmen grew up in Cuba and came to the U.S. in 1944 to accept a scholarship at Marian University, Indianapolis, entering the Sisters of St. Francis after graduation. She would later be part of the inaugural group chosen for Scecina High School's "Crusader Wall of Honors" that recognizes and honors those individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the achievements and prestige of Scecina.
She is survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents and brother Leonardo de Barros.
Visitation is Monday, June 9, from 1-3 p.m. followed by funeral services at the convent chapel with the Rev. Gerald Kirkoff officiating. Burial will follow in the convent cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Sisters of St. Francis, P.O. Box 100, Oldenburg, IN 47036 (www.OldenburgFranciscans.org).