Sr. Helen Carroll Petty, OSC passed away at Our Lady of Wisdom Healthcare Center on Friday, August 23, 2019 after more than 55 years as a professed member of the Order of St. Clare at St. Clare Monastery in New Orleans. Sister was born in Guntersville Dam Village, AL and grew up in Tuscumbia, AL. She is the daughter of the late Robert E. Petty, Jr. and the late Helen Cecilia Brown, and she was the sister of the late Robert E. Petty, III. She is survived by her sister-in-law Barbara Petty, nephews Robert E. Petty, IV, Charles David Petty, and their children.
Sister Helen Carroll entered the monastery in 1964, and she was professed in 1965. She was always ready with a helping hand or a listening ear. Sister attended the Ohio Conservatory of Music and for many years served as music minister at the monastery, sharing her gifts on the organ, in her singing and in composing music for the Liturgy. She was also in charge of the Altar Bread Department. As a sideline, she kept the doorknobs in the old monastery building in good repair.
Visitation will be at St. Clare Monastery, 720 Henry Clay Ave, New Orleans, LA on Saturday, August 31, 2019 from 9 AM until 11 AM. The Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at 11 AM, followed by interment in the Mortuary Chapel on the monastery grounds.