Sr. Annette Gallagher


Sister Annette Gallagher, (Sister Mary Annette), 86, died Sunday, Jan. 24, 2010, at Bishop Drumm Retirement Center, Johnston. Visitation at Bishop Drumm Our Lady of Peace Chapel, Johnston, will be 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26, with rosary at 4 p.m. and Vigil Service at 7 p.m. Visitation at the Humility of Mary Center, Magnificat Chapel, 820 W. Central Park Ave. in Davenport will be Wednesday, Jan. 27, 4–7 p.m. with rosary at 4 p.m. and Vigil Service at 7 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 28,  at the Humility of Mary Center.  Burial will follow in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Davenport. Dunn Funeral Home in Des Moines and Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home in Davenport are assisting with arrangements.

Long-time Marycrest College educator Sr. Annette was born Nov. 10, 1924, in Bevington to Thomas Gallagher and Mary Lichteig Gallagher. Sr. Annette graduated from Martindale Consolidated High School in 1944 and then attended Ottumwa Heights College in Ottumwa. On Jan. 24, 1943, she entered the Congregation of the Humility of Mary and professed first vows in 1945. She continued her education at Marycrest College in Davenport, receiving a BA in 1948. She received an MA in history from Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. in 1950 and a PhD from the University of Arizona in Tucson in 1970. Sr. Annette was a very well-liked history and current affairs teacher at Marycrest College. She later became reference librarian, archivist, college academic advisor and Marycrest Alumni Association secretary.

Sr. Annette was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Cathryn Gallagher, her half-brothers Robert Bell and Joe Bell and half-sisters Barbara Davitt, Mary Davitt and Mary Hill. She is survived by her sister Thomasine Durham and several nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the Sisters of the Humility of Mary.


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