Maryknoll Sister Margaret Tryon

Sister Margaret Tryon died Jan. 28 at the Maryknoll Sisters Center in Maryknoll, N.Y. She was 90 years old and had been a Maryknoll sister for 71 years.

She was born in Eddington, Bucks County on July 28, 1928 to Dorothy R. (Smith) Tryon and William A. Tryon.

A member of St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Croydon, she attended Nazareth Academy High School in Philadelphia and graduated in 1946. After graduation she worked at her father’s company, William A. Tryon Co. in Croydon. She also worked at John J. Nesbitt Inc. in Philadelphia.

She entered the Maryknoll Sisters Novitiate in Valley Park, Mo. in 1947, taking the religious name Sister M. Dorothy Francis. She made her first profession of vows in 1950 and her final profession in 1953 at the Maryknoll Sisters Center in Ossining, N.Y.


In 1950 Sister Margaret attended Westchester Community College in Westchester County, N.Y., earning an Associate of Arts degree in applied sciences with a major in food service administration in 1952.

She was assigned to Hawaii in 1953 to teach at a Maryknoll School until 1957. From 1958-1962, she was assigned to a school in Majuro in the Marshall Islands. She then returned to Maryknoll, N.Y. to study at Maryknoll Teachers College, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in education in 1963.

Sister Margaret served in the Marshall Islands, Hawaii and Maryknoll variously from the mid-1960s until the late 1990s in roles including education, pastoral service and prison ministry.

In 2000 Sister Margaret retired to the Maryknoll Sisters Center, where she remained until her death.

Her funeral Mass was celebrated Feb. 2 in the Chapel of the Annunciation at the Maryknoll Sisters Center, Maryknoll, NY.

Sister Margaret is survived by two brothers, William and James; and a sister, Gertrude. Her parents and another sister, Dorothy, have predeceased her.