Sister Marie Yvonne
Sr. JoAn Brown 5-18-09'. Sr. JoAn was born on April of 1931 in Flint, Michigan. She grew up in a rural area of Montrose, Michigan., and attended Dyball Elementary School, a two room school where she graduated with honors. A move to Flint living with her aunt she attended St. Michael's High School. On August 30, 1945 at the age of 14 Sr. JoAn entered the Dominican Sisters of Oxford (then located in Pontiac). The following year sister received the habit and the name of Sr. Marie Yvonne. She was known by this name until after Vatican ll when, like many others, chose to return to her baptismal name JoAn. At St. Cyril's Sr. Yvonne taught Secondary English, school newspaper, and librarian as well. Thereafter, Sr. Yvonne gained a Master's degree in librarianship. Attending Western Michigan she was inducted into Theta Phi Mu library honor society. Anything and everything sister was involved in she took it to the max. Her accomplishments in life are way to numerous to mention in the space alloted me. In quoting Sr. JoAn/Yvonne "one of the greatest lessons of my life was the knowledge that with God's help I could do anything. During my life I have been asked to do many things, things for which I have been totally unprepared; with God's help, all things worked out well, even better than I would have hoped." Sister was a holy, selfless, tireless worker, and a superb preacher who modeled all the charisms of Dominican life. God bless Sr. JoAn Brown, another bright star is shining in the sky. Upon sending out invites to the All Years Reunion 09' I sent one to Sr. JoAn Brown and almost immediately received a reply directing me to a website and stating that she had suffered a stroke and could not respond to my e-mail, here is that site where there were postings on her condition, please check it out: www.st.robertchurch.org/pastoraljb.htm Posted: 8-31-09