Sister Mary Lee Nalley, OSU

April 22, 1937 ~ January 9, 2019 (age 81)

Sister Mary Lee Nalley, OSU died at the Ursuline Motherhouse just before midnight on Wednesday January 9, 2019.  She was 81.  Mary Lee Nalley was born April 22, 1937 on the east side of Youngtown, the daughter of Joseph and Margaret Drummond Nalley.  Sister Mary Lee graduated from Immaculate Conception Elementary School and Ursuline High School in 1955. 

She entered the Ursuline Sisters on September 8, 1955 and entered the novitiate on August 9, 1956.  She made perpetual profession of vows on August 12, 1961.

Sister Mary Lee earned a BSE from Youngstown State University in 1960.  She also did post-baccalaureate work at St. John College, Cleveland, Loyola University, Chicago, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio University and Youngstown State University.

After graduation from YSU Sister Mary Lee began her 60 years of active ministry.  She taught at St. Nicholas, Struthers, Our Lady of Lourdes, East Palestine, SS. Peter & Paul, St. Ann, St. Columba, and Immaculate Conception elementary schools in Youngstown.  She also served as a Pastoral Minister at Immaculate Conception and then St. Angela Merici Parish.  In all, Sister Mary Lee served the Catholic Community on the east side of Youngstown for 47 years.

In addition Sister Mary Lee served on the staff of the Ursuline Center, Canfield and was one of the co-founders of the Ursuline Sisters HIV/AIDS ministry.

In 2014, Sister Mary Lee was honored as alumna of the year by Ursuline High School. 

Sister Mary Lee leaves her Sisters in the Ursuline Community, two sisters, Patricia Dempsey of Huntington, WV and Margaret McDonough, Boardman, sisters-in-law Carol Nalley and Nancy Nalley Duigou, numerous nephews, grand nieces and nephews and cousins.  She was preceded in death by her parents and her twin brothers Joseph and Patrick Nalley. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday January 12, 2019 at 10:00 am at the Ursuline Motherhouse, 4250 Shields Rd, Canfield.  Friends may call on Friday January 11, 2019 at the Motherhouse from 4:00 to 7:00 pm. and on Saturday Morning  from 8:45 to 9:45 a.m. at the Motherhouse.


In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Ursuline Sisters of Youngstown.

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