Sister M. Lenore Dust, OSB

Sister M. Lenore Dust, a member of the Olivetan Benedictine Sisters of Holy Angels Convent for 64 years, died May 14, 2019. She was 90 years old.


Anna Eugenia was born in Pocahontas, Arkansas to the late Henry and Anna Dust. Following the example of her older sister, Sister Georgia Dust, she was inspired to enter Holy Angels Convent in 1955. After making First Vows in 1957 and Perpetual Vows in 1962, she worked in the office at St Bernards Hospital for a few years before being appointed administrator of Consolata Retirement Home in New Iberia, Louisiana in 1966. Sister Lenore later earned a Bachelor’s degree from St Bernard College, and a Masters degree from St Thomas University. For many years she taught in elementary schools in Arkansas and Texas. She also served as principal at Blessed Sacrament Catholic School in Jonesboro and was responsible for the school’s first accreditation by the Arkansas Nonpublic School Accreditation Association. After retiring from teaching, Sister visited patients at St. Bernards until her retirement from the Pastoral Care Department in 2008. Since her retirement, Sister Lenore supported the community with her prayers and joyful spirit.


She is survived by her Sisters in community, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.


Visitation will be at Holy Angels Convent on Friday, May 17, at 6:30 p.m., with the Rosary and Night Prayer at 7:00 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, May 18, at 10:00 a.m. in the convent chapel, and interment will be at Mount Olivet Cemetery on the convent grounds.


In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Holy Angels Convent Retirement Fund, 1699 CR 766, Jonesboro, AR, 72401.

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