Sister Mary Alma Pangelinan, Age 89

South Central

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Sister Mary Alma was born and educated in Agana, Guam, the youngest of eight children.

During World War II and the occupation of Guam by the Japanese, Sister Alma’s early years were a struggle with her family for survival in the caves and the mountains on Guam to void capture and forced labor by the Japanese. At the time she professed her vows as a Sister of Mercy, she chose the motto “To Jesus through Mary” in thanksgiving for saving her and her family during the war.

Sister Alma came to Belmont, North Carolina, in 1963 and served her community in many ways. She was in charge of food service and cared for the chapel with love and devotion. She loved gardening, sewing and cooking, and everyone benefited from her favorite activities. A well-known driver for the community, she took the sisters to doctors’ appointments and was known as the one person who knew every street in nearby Charlotte, North Carolina.

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