Marilyn Thomas, BVM celebrated her 100th birthday on April 17, 2016, joined by family and friends for a celebratory liturgy and dinner at Mount Carmel.
President Teri Hadro, in her “Welcome” at the birthday liturgy, reflected: “In a prayer attributed to our foundress, Mary Frances Clarke, BVMs ask to ‘be a fit instrument’ in God’s hands. Marilyn, could there be a better metaphor for your life as a BVM?”
A talented musician, Marilyn taught music at Immaculate Conception Academy in Davenport, Iowa, for 11 years. She served as secretary for the BVM Mother General, BVM provincials, and at least two Clarke University presidents, while also teaching music and French to novices. And if that wasn’t enough to keep her busy, Marilyn also maintained accounts and employee payroll duties at the Mount Carmel complex for many years.
Responding to all who rejoiced with and remembered her, Marilyn said: “Thank you for the many ways you made my 100th birthday celebration so meaningful. Your many cards, enrollments, candy, special greetings and promise of prayers are very much appreciated. Whoever thought I would live to be 100. It came so fast! God bless you all.”