Sister Marilyn Reyes, CHM


Sister Marilyn Reyes, CHM, died at age 94 on January 28 at Bishop Drumm Retirement Center in Johnston, IA.  Services at Bishop Drumm Our Lady of Peace Chapel were held on January 29 and those at the Humility of Mary Center in Davenport on January 30.  The funeral was held at St. Mary Church in Davenport; the Mass of Christian Burial at St. Mary Church in Centerville, IA was followed by interment at Oakland Cemetery.  Halligan McCabe DeVries Funeral Home, Davenport, Iowa, assisted the sisters with Sr. Marilyn’s arrangements.

The daughter of Victoriano Reyes and Mariana Vargas, Juanita Pauline Reyes was born in Centerville in 1919.  She entered the Congregation of the Humility of Mary, Ottumwa, IA in 1936 and professed vows in 1939.

She completed a BA in Elementary Education at Marycrest College, Davenport.  For more than 25 years she taught primary grades in the Diocese of Davenport at St. Mary and St. Patrick in Ottumwa, St. Mary in Centerville, and St. Alphonsus in Davenport, as well as outside the diocese in Des Moines, and cities in Illinois and Montana.

Following completion of her MA in Intercultural Education from the University of the Americas, Cholula, Puebla, Mexico in 1978, she began a ministry in bi-lingual religious education with emphasis on Spanish speaking persons.  This ministry continued formally and informally for the rest of her life.  In addition, course work in religious studies at Mundelein College near Chicago prepared her for pastoral ministry in California, Arizona, Illinois, Kansas and Texas.  She retired to the Humility of Mary Center, Davenport in 1992 where she remained a volunteer or participant in many activities in the Quad Cities.  Among these were Gilda’s Club, Friendly House, Center for Active Seniors, Inc., and the Iowa Democratic Party.  She enjoyed her associations with Spanish speaking seminarians.  Several months ago she moved to Bishop Drumm Care Center.


Of nine siblings, only her brother Victor Reyes of Rock Island, IL survives.  Also surviving are many nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and the Sisters and Associates of her religious community.

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

Online remembrance and condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting Sr. Marilyn’s obituary at

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