Dolores Greenwell, SCN, 97, (formerly Sister John William) was born in Nelson County, Ky., on Aug. 27, 1925. She died Sept. 2, 2022, in Nazareth, Ky. She was a professed Sister of Charity of Nazareth for 77 years.
Sister Dolores earned her nursing degree from Spalding College in Louisville with a minor in psychology. In the 1950’s she served as a psychiatric nurse at Our Lady of the Oaks Hospital in Lexington, Ky., and at Our Lady of Peace Hospital in Louisville, Ky.
Over the years, she served as a nursing supervisor for several institutions: St. Joseph Infirmary, Louisville; Georgetown University Hospital, Washington DC; St. Vincent Infirmary, Little Rock, Ark.; Holy Family Hospital, Ensley, Ala.; and Flaget Memorial Hospital in Bardstown. Her nursing skills led her to become a surgery supervisor at Marymount Hospital in London, Ky.
After Vatican II, new awakenings came to Sister John William, who changed to her baptismal name Dolores. In 1971, she asked and received approval for a 9-month sabbatical at Madonna House in Combermere, Ontario. There she had spiritual direction and time and place for prayer, which reinforced Dolores’ vocation call to live her life “for the sake of the Kingdom.” She then served children at St. Thomas-St. Vincent Home in Anchorage, Ky., and the migrant community at the Health Center in Ruskin, Fla. Sister Dolores continued to devote her life to health care ministries as a hospice nurse in Paintsville, Ky., and at the Floyd Co. Health Dept. in Prestonburg, Ky. From 1997-1999 she worked at the Nelson County Courthouse in social services.
Sister Dolores served her SCN Community in many ways: as a staff nurse at the Motherhouse, as a volunteer with the SCN Mission Office, and as an assistant sacristan for St. Vincent Church. Upon retirement, she worked in the Thrift Shop at Nazareth and provided hospitality at Russell Hall on Nazareth Campus.
She is survived by her sisters Lavon Cecil and Charlotte Ann Hall and by her brother Albert C. Greenwell. She is also survived by her extended family and her religious community, the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth.
Her family wishes to express their heartfelt gratitude for the loving care she received from the staff and the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth at Nazareth and Nazareth Home.
For more on Sister Dolores, you can visit: https://nazareth.org/sister_dolores/
Sister Dolores Greenwell’s Funeral Mass was Thursday, Sept. 8, 2022, in Saint Vincent de Paul Church with burial in Nazareth Cemetery. Funeral Arrangements were handled by Houghlin Greenwell Funeral Home in Bardstown. Memorials may be offered to the Office of Mission Advancement, P.O. Box 9, Nazareth, Kentucky., 40048.
A slideshow and video of the Mass can be viewed below: