February 24, 1922 – April 6, 2015
“My music is the spiritual expression of what I am — my faith, my knowledge, my being. When you begin to see the possibilities of music, you desire to do something really good for people. I want to speak to their souls.”
~ John Coltrane
Sister Mary Elizabeth Doherty (Sister Miriam Edward) entered into the fullness of life on April 6, 2015. She had celebrated her 93rd birthday in February and made her first profession 73 years ago.
Sister Mary Elizabeth (Sister Mary Liz) started her ministry with 12 years as an elementary school music educator at St. Gregory (Los Angeles), Saint Augustine (Oakland), Academy of the Holy Names (Pomona), Saint Monica (San Francisco) and Marylrose (Oakland). For the rest of her educational ministry, she was in secondary education – 8 years at Ramona Convent Secondary School (Alhambra) and 38 years at Holy Names High School, Oakland. Her contributions to Holy Names High School were countless. She taught religion to generations of students, especially her beloved sophomores. As a music teacher, orchestra conductor and creator of the fine arts program, she brought her boundless passion and love to everything she did.
When “retirement” from education called her name, she moved to Convent of the Holy Names, Los Gatos where she was a local leader for her sisters, hosting parties and being of service in any way she could. When she moved to Merrill Gardens in Campbell, she became the “unofficial greeter” at the front entry welcoming all. She will be remembered for her many years as sacristan at HNHS, her beautiful flower arrangements, her sense of humor and her Mary “Lizisms.”