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Sister Ida M. Perry,, S.S.Ch.
  • Sisters of St. Chretienne
    197 Pleasant St.
    Marlborough, MA 01752

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“Sister Ida, you are very special to us (the Fortin family). We each have our own special memories of your kindness and support. You were, and will...Read More »
1 of 7 | Posted by: Louise Fortin - Pawtucket, RI

“Inspirational woman and cousin. Hailing from the Acadian population, her gentle nature and kindness reflected in all that she did.We are proud to...Read More »
2 of 7 | Posted by: Terry Martin - Hartford, ME

“i had children in st johns school in rumford maine...i volantired in her class ”
3 of 7 | Posted by: SANDRA CLEVELAND - SENECA, SC

“Love you Aunt Ida...you are with Mom...Thank you for being a loving Aunt....Cecelia ”
4 of 7 | Posted by: Cecelia Blake - Friendship, ME

“Rest in peace, you are missed ”
5 of 7 | Posted by: Edward Perry - Rumford, ME

“Sr. Armand was the 1st grade teacher when I went to OLC in the 50's. She was wonderful and everyone loved her. ”
6 of 7 | Posted by: Annette (Gravel) Campbell - Ojai, CA

“Our 3 children had Sr. Ida for a teacher at O.L.C. and they loved her. She was a very talented and Saintly Nun. She worked with my wife Gert at our...Read More »
7 of 7 | Posted by: Henry (Hank) Ritchotte - RI


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Sister Ida M. Perry, S.S.Ch., (Sr. Marie Armand), died Monday, October 9, 2017 at Bethany Health Care Center, Framingham, MA.
Born in Rumford, ME, she was the daughter of the late Joseph Perry and Margaret (Arsenault) Perry. She was one of the youngest of a large happy faith-filled family. Survived by her sister Lorraine Nadeau, she was the sister of the late William, Auburn, Armand, Rita, Alphee, John, Catherine(Glazier), Gerard, Julie and Philip. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews in the Perry, Burns, Glazier and Lizotte families.
She attended St. John's Parish Elementary School staffed by the Sisters of St. Chretienne and the Juniorate program at their girls' academy in Salem, MA. She left for the novitiate in Giffard, PQ and pronounced her First Vows in 1947.
In 1964, Sr. Ida was missioned to the Novitiate in Canada to train as Postulant Director which she was for the next four years. The young women entering religious life really appreciated her for her spirituality and gentle guidance. In 1968, she came to Wrentham to begin the American Formation program.
Sr. Ida found her bliss in teaching young children, first in Grade 1 at our Lady of Consolation Parish School in Pawtucket, RI from 1948-1960 and again from 1969-1985 where she taught Kindergarten when it was introduced in the school. In 1986-1991, she returned to her hometown of Rumford, ME and became the Kindergarten teacher at St. John-St. Athanasius School, as the parishes had merged. She had a kind and gentle discipline and was much loved by her students and their families.
In 1991, upon retiring from teaching, as the Sisters wished to respond to an appeal, Sr. Ida and Sr. Gloria Cote were happy to be missioned to Casa Esperanza in Houston, TX to help in the care of abandoned infants and toddlers with HIV. This was a challenging but rewarding time for her. Unfortunately, she had to return after a bad fall.
In 1992, Sr. Ida returned to Pawtucket and the Sisters' community there. Responding to another need, she offered the pastor to visit shut-ins at Our Lady of Consolation Parish. She visited a dozen people monthly, bringing them Communion, listening to them and praying with them. She did all this even as she went to help the Franciscan Friars at St. Francis Chapel in Providence. Five half-days a week, she was a receptionist, greeting the people and offering prayerful solace.
In 2005, Sr. Ida joined the Sisters' retirement community in Marlborough where she helped in many ways. Her smile, her peaceful, prayerful, childlike spirit was appreciated by all. In May, as her needs increased, she became a resident at Bethany Health Care Center.
The Sisters wish to thank their own devoted staff and the personnel at Bethany for the compassionate care for their dear Sr. Ida. She is now in eternal joy in heaven with the Lord of her life.