Sister Miriam Medley, OSU: 1919-2012

Maple Mount — Sister Miriam Medley, 93, an Ursuline Sister of Mount Saint Joseph, died Nov. 26 at Mount Saint Joseph, in her 73rd year of religious life. A native of Loretto, Ky., she devoted 53 years of her life to education.

Sister Miriam loved to travel, loved angels and had a heart of gold to all those who knew her.

She served as principal in the Kentucky schools of Mother of Good Counsel School, Louisville (1966-68); St. Charles Jr. High School, Lebanon (1970-75); Holy Name of Mary, Calvary (1954-60) and Mount Saint Joseph Academy, Maple Mount (1960-66). She taught at St. Ignatius School, Louisville (1968-70); St. Joseph School, Raywick (1941-45), Cathedral School, Owensboro (1982-86), Flaherty School, Flaherty (1975-82) and St. Anthony School, Peonia (1945-46). She also taught at St. Teresa School, Glennonville, Mo., (1946-54). She was the librarian at Brescia College (now University) in Owensboro from 1987-94. She was a pastoral minister at St. Paul Parish in Princeton, Ky., and Resurrection Parish, Dawson Springs, Ky., (1986-87) and at St. Joseph Parish, Aztec, N.M. (1994-98). She retired to the motherhouse in 1998 and was active in prayer ministry.

Survivors include a sister, Kathleen Daugherty of Louisville, nieces and nephews, and the members of her religious community.

The funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Mount Saint Joseph, where visitation will begin Thursday at 4 p.m., with a wake service following at 6:30 p.m.

Glenn Funeral Home and Crematory, Owensboro, is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial gifts for Sister Miriam may take the form of donations to the Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph, 8001 Cummings Road, Maple Mount, KY 42356.


  1. Debbie Thomas

    Sister Miriam was my principle when I was in Junior High school! She was always good to me and I remember her with many fond memories.

  2. Beverly C. Ballard

    Sr. Miriam was a distant cousin of mine through my Grandmother Emma Medley Ballard and her father, Wesley Medley. I’ve known her a long time, yet didn’t get to see her often..I’ve thought of her often as I do Sr. Jean Madeline Peake my other cousin there and also kin on the Medley side…my condolences to Kathleen and the rest of the family…God wanted her with him.

  3. Mary Cecilia Medley Richards(Nov. 29,2012)

    I have many good memories of Sister Miriam as my principal back in the 60’s. She always had a smile on her face, was a fun loving Sister, that would help you with anything and I loved talking to her. Do not know if we were related to each other. She will be missed.

  4. Sharon (Medley) O'Hara

    Sister Miriam was my dad’s older sister. I remember all times the Nuns (both aunts and a third cousin were all Nuns) were at the farm for either Christmas, Easter, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day….whenver we could get together. I especially remember the day when the Nuns let us girls try on their habits. I was shocked to see that they had hair. I remember Sister Miriam laughing and said to me, Sharon, of course we have hair. What made you think we didn’t? She was always a fixture in all her neices and newphews lives. I will miss her, but I know that she is in the Lords’s Hands now and she is happy. That is what she wanted, so I’m not sad that she has gone home. Sister Miriam, I will never forget you. Tell Mom, Dad, grandparents, all my aunts and uncles in Heaven. Hi.

  5. Beverly C. Ballard

    I am a distant cousin of Sr. Miriam and am so sorry to hear of her passing. She and Sr. Jean Madeline Peake OSU and I are cousins and I got to see Sr Miriam once when I was visiting Sr Jean Madeline…I used to go to see her father and mother with my grandmother so am very familiar with the family…I can’t make it for the funeral but wish to express my condolences to Kathleen.

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