|Family Name: Metta Elizabeth Nelson
Date of Birth Mar. 8, 1862 Pass Christian, MS
Baptism Mar. 16, St. Paul’s Church in Pass Christian, MS
Father: Captian John Nelson from Copenhagan, Denmark
Mother: Jane E. Marmion from Dublin Ireland
Nearest of Kin: Mrs. John Lang Pass Christian, MS
Entered the Sisters of Mercy Jan. 3, 1881 in Vicksburg, MS.
Received the habit: May 27, 1881 in Vicksburg, MS.
Made Perpetual Vows: July 10, 1883 in Vicksburg, MS
Date of Death: Jan. 9, 1944 at St. Francis Xavier Academy, Vicksburg, MS.
Died of cerebral Hemorrhage Buried at Cedar Hill Cemetary, Vicksburg, MS
Counselor was a person who advised Superior – like an executive committee for local convent.
Obituary of Sister M. Ursula Nelson, RSM in a Sisters of Mercy Publication
“I wonder if my twin will come back for me soon!” These were the words of
Sr. Mary Ursula Nelson, RSM on the day of Sr. M. Marcelline Street’s burial. These two religious were born on the same day, March 8, 1862, made their novitiate together, labored side by side on the Indian Mission, and were again companions in their declining years in the infirmary of St. Francis Xavier Academy, Vicksburg, MS. The elder twin came back within six weeks of her own death to claim Sister M. Ursula, who died Sunday morning, January 9, 1944, surrounded by her religious sisters united in prayers for the dying.
Sister M. Ursula was born in Pass Christian, MS. Her father, John Thomas Nelson, was a Danish sea captain; and her mother, Jane Marmion, was related to the illustrious Abbot Columba Marmion of the Abbey of Maredsous. (we are checking on this)
Sister M. Ursula entered the Convent of Mercy at Vicksburg in the nineteenth year of her age and led for more than sixty years the life of a laborious sisters. Most of her teaching was done in the music department, where her painstaking methods and gentle manner fitted her especially for beginners. In the community this saintly religious was remarkable for her piety, the generous nature upon whom everyone could call. Nothing seemed to give her greater happiness than the ability to aid a sister, young or old. There is not a member of the community who cannot recall Sister M. Ursula by some garment carefully patched, some book neatly mended, some little interrupted task found completed by her busy hands.
The last years of this good sister’s life were marked by intense physical sufferings, which she bore with meekness and fortitude. In her final illness she received the last sacraments with great fervor, edifying the community by her firm responses to the prayers and by the joy that overspread her countenance at the thought of going home to God. Her holy death was the echo of a pious, detached, and humble life.
A Requiem High Mass was celebrated in the convent chapel for Sister M. Ursula. The music was rendered by the pupils of the school. The burial service was pronounced by Right Rev. Monsignor D. J. O’Beirne, Vicar General of the Diocese of Natchez. Many other member of the local clergy were present, testifying to the great esteem in which this saintly religious was held.
OBITUARY FROM NEWSPAPER CLIPPING, WHICH IS NOT DATED.
Sister Mary Ursula Nelson, RSM, the oldest sister in the state of Mississippi, died here Sunday morning and was laid to rest in Cedar Hill Cemetery today after a requiem high mass in the convent chapel at 9:00 o’clock.
Sister Mary Ursula was born at Pass Christian, March 8, 1862, the daughter of Thomas Nelson, a Danish sea captain, and Jane Marmion. In 1881 she entered the Convent of Mercy in Vicksburg where she made her religious profession July 10, 1883. She celebrated her Golden Jubilee last July.
Sister Ursula was one of the first sisters to labor in the Indian Mission in Neshoba county. After its disestablishment she served with various missions throughout the state.
Most of her work here was done in the music department, where her patient and gentle nature made her admirably fitted for instructing school children. Sister Ursula was characterized by a rare simplicity and a spirit of prayerfulness which endeared her to all who knew her.
The deceased is survived by one sister, Mrs. J.C. Liversledge, of Pass Christian, several nieces and nephews, one great nephew, Rev. Richard Lang, priest of the Congregations of Missions. Her other nephews are in the armed forces.
The funeral mass was celebrated by Rev. Father Martin Maloney. Pallbearers were John O’Neill, Lawrence Hennessey, Bob Evans, M.J. Mulvihill, S.E. Treanor and Albert Tucker.
Fisher Funeral Home was in charge.
Sr. Mary Jeremy’s Note
In the early days, the salaries for the sisters teaching in the schools was inadequate to meet many of the expenses of the sisters. In the early days many sisters gave private piano lessons to supplement the income of the community. I am guessing that Sr. Mary Ursula was one of these early piano teachers.