Sister Elsie Mier returns to God
Sister Elsie Mier, O. Carm., formerly Sister M. Richard Mier, a Sister of Mount Carmel and teacher, died July 15, 2011 in Lafayette, Louisiana. She was 76 years old and in the 56th year of her religious profession.
Sister Elsie was born on Jan. 30, 1935 in Rayne, LA to Camile Mier and Edes Landry of Rayne, LA. She entered the Congregation of Our Lady of Mount Carmel on Sept. 1, 1951 and received the habit of the Sisters of Mount Carmel Aug. 4, 1952. On Aug. 3, 1954, she made her first profession, and pronounced perpetual vows Aug. 1, 1957. She celebrated her fiftieth jubilee in 2004.
Sister Elsie attended St. Joseph School in Rayne, LA and graduated from Mount Carmel Academy in New Orelans, LA. She received her bachelor’s degree from Loyola University in New Orleans, LA in Education with a minor in mathematics. Devoting over 34 years to education, beginning in 1954, she taught at Mount Carmel schools in Abbeville and New Iberia, LA and at St. Augustine, St. Dominic and St. James Major in New Orleans, LA, St. Joseph in Rayne, LA and St. Elizabeth in Paincourtville, LA.
After certifying in carpentry from Delgado College Sister worked at Tulane Medical School and was self employed as a carpenter for a period of time. From 1990-2001 she served at Cathedral-Carmel School in Lafayette, LA as teacher-aide, support services and support staff teacher. Since 2001 and until her death she served as Evangelization Visitor in Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Lafayette, LA.
Sister Elsie was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Camile Mier, Jr. and Robert Joseph Mier. She is the fourth of seven children and survived by her brother Richard Daniel Mier of New Richmond, WI and three sisters, Sister Robert Joseph Mier, a Sister of Mount Carmel, Audrey Ann Darcé of Jennings, LA and Roberta Marie Guidry of Crowley, LA. Visitation will be at Gossen Funeral Home, Rayne, LA on Monday, July 18 at 8:00 a.m. followed by Rosary at 9:30 a.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Joseph Church at 11:00 a.m. Interment is in St. Joseph Cemetery.
Gossen Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.