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She "gave us plenty of advice even though at the time we took no notice but realised in later years what she had to say was very true".
As former pupil May Stack put it: "Sr Lelia didn't wear pearls.
Instead, she dispensed pearls of wisdom and knowledge to generations of students." She had many pearls of wisdom and many pithy sayings, for instance: "Never wear patent shoes under a skirt!
Requiem mass will be on this Thursday at the Church of the Assumption, Booterstown Ave at 11.30am followed by burial at Deansgrange Cemetery."She taught me everything I know about cooking and sewing, but most of all she taught us about life. I remember she told us that marriage might not be for everyone - she said she had chosen to become a nun, and others might follow different paths, and to be open to that." Sr Lelia kept up contact with many of her former pupils.She wrote to several of them and many others visited her later in life at the convent.Several of her past-pupils still recite it with their own children.It is a poem that cherishes the simple things in life and emphasises how belief in God and compassion, love, unity and dignity can make this world a better place.
She made a genuine and lasting impression on her past-pupils,who spoke about her with deep affection. Others said her class was their favourite in school, although she was a teacher who had no favourites.