OBITUARY

Sr. Maria Dorothy Ugbe MSDP

June 25, 1953February 6, 2021
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Sr. Maria Dorothy Ugbe MSDP, 67, of Obudu, Nigeria passed away on February 6, 2021 at St. Luke Hospital Sugarland, Texas.

Sr. Maria Dorothy Ugbe MSDP was born in Obudu to Pa Lawrence and Grace Ukpepi on June 25, 1953. She went to school in Ogoja, Cross River, Nigeria.

Sr. Dorothy in her early 20s found her true calling in life and announced her intentions to become a nun. She was hooded as a member of Handmaids of the Holy Child Jesus (HHCJ) congregation on August 19, 1975, took her first vows in 1978 and final vows in 1986. She trained and became a Midwife and Public Health nurse at St Margaret Hospital (now University of Calabar Teaching Hospital) and School of Health Technology both in Calabar, Cross River, Nigeria.

In recognition of her leadership abilities, Sr. Dorothy was appointed as Superior/Pioneer for the new mission of the congregation in 1991 in Milan, Italy where she also served as the Territorial Head of their Italian mission. Sister Dorothy relocated to the United States in 2003 and after many years of trials and prayerful reflection, she answered a second call and became a member of the Missionary Sisters of Divine Providence congregation. She ministered to people all her life until her death. She held many nursing positions and finally working with the ailing and aged at Quality Living Personal Care Home in Missouri City.

Sr. Maria Dorothy Ugbe MSDP is preceded in death by her Father and Mother, Pa Lawrence and Grace Ukpepi.

Sr. Maria Dorothy Ugbe MSDP is survived by her brothers and sisters, several cousins, nieces and nephews, aunties and uncles.

The families of Ukpepi and Ugbe wish to extend our sincere thanks to the ICU and emergency room doctors and nurses at St. Luke Hospital, Sugarland, Texas.

Rosary for the dead held on 2/18/2021 and Funeral mass held on 2/19/2021 at Holy Family Catholic Church, Missouri City, Texas.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Garden Oaks Funeral Home in Houston, Texas.

Garden Oaks Funeral Home 13430 Bellaire Blvd. Houston, Texas 77083.

If you have any questions or need assistance, please call (281) 530-5400.  

Services

5 March

Graveside Service

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Mt. Olivet Catholic Cemetery

7801 Gulf Fwy.
Dickinson, Texas 77539

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Juliana Pelbe

February 28, 2021

Sr. Dorothy, you were such a simple, hardworking, Loving and caring religious. I missed your soft spoken voice and these memories will keep lingering in my mind. May the good Lord whom you served especially in the sick individuals give you a resting place in His kingdom 🙏

Sr. Magdalene Ogah

February 27, 2021

Sr. Dorothy is a loving and giving person. You meet her the first time and she becomes the mother because she wants to make certain you are cared for.
She will be greatly missed. Rest on beloved Sr. Dorothy until we meet again to part no more.

Johnny Lewis Family

February 23, 2021

Sis. Maria was a pleasure to know. She was truly a Godly woman. She took excellent care of our daddy, Johnny Lewis Sr. at Quality Living. Unfortunately, he passed as well on Jan. 30th. Our family loved Sis. Maria. May she rest with our Heavenly father.

Stephanie Ameh

February 22, 2021

I remember Sr. Dorothy’s kindness and generosity. She loved my family, and my son held a special place in her heart. Rest in Peace, and may the Lord console and comfort those who mourn your demise. Amen.

Ritatecla Ogar

February 22, 2021

Sr Dora how I wish you could say no to death. Though we know you are in heaven we miss you a lot . Rest in perfect peace.
We shall always remember your good advices.
Rest in perfect peace

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Sr celebrating her birthday last year (June 2020)

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Sr with Rev Mother Augustina Amadi

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Sr celebrating her birthday last year (June 2020)

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Sr with Sr Ann from the MSDP UK community

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Sr with Rev Mother Augustina Amadi and the MSDP community Owerri, Nigeria

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Biography

Born in Obudu, Cross River State, Nigeria on June 25, 1953, she began her journey of life. She was the second child and first daughter of Pa Lawrence and Grace Ukpepi. Sr. Dora, as fondly called by her family, attended Convent Primary School and Mount Carmel Secondary School, Ogoja, Cross River Nigeria. Sr. Dora in her early 20s found her true calling in life. She loved praying especially the rosary as a young girl, so it was not a surprise to her parents and the entire family when she announced her intentions to become a nun.

She was hooded as a member of Handmaids of the Holy Child Jesus (HHCJ) congregation on August 19, 1975, and officially entered the Novitiate in Kakwagom, Boki, Cross River State on August 15, 1976. She took her first vows of the 3 evangelical councils of Poverty, Chastity and Obedience in St Ann’s Cathedral, Ikot Ekpene on August 15, 1978 and her perpetual vows on Sept 6, 1986 at St Benedict’s Cathedral, Ogoja, Cross River State.
She trained and became a Midwife and Public Health nurse at St Margaret Hospital (now University of Calabar Teaching Hospital) and School of Health Technology both in Calabar. She worked as a nurse at the Joint Hospital Ikom, Maternity Clinic Kakwagom, St. Joseph’s Hospital, Ikot Ene all in Nigeria. Beside her love for nursing, Sr. Dora also loved evangelizing. Her love for praying with people informed her being sent to a remote village in Idah Diocese to begin a new mission. She worked to evangelize as the Supervisor of Religion in the Primary Schools and an Advisor to the Christian Mothers from Sept 1978 – July 1980. She achieved this by getting many people converted through Baptism and other sacraments of the Catholic Church. She spent 2 years as the Superior in the Ikom mission from Sept 86 to Dec 1988.

In recognition of her leadership abilities, Sr. Dorothy was appointed as Superior/Pioneer for the new mission of the congregation in 1991 in Milan, Italy where she also served as the Territorial Head of their Italian mission. She took her love for nursing a step further when she began working at Casa di Riposo (Old People’s Home). The love was mutual as she thoroughly enjoyed working with them and they absolutely loved her. She would often describe this as the high point of her nursing career. While in Milan, serving as Superior and as a gift to her congregation in commemoration of her 25th anniversary of perpetual vows, she compiled and produced a Prayer Manual that is still in use today by the Handmaids of Holy Child Jesus.

Sister Dora relocated to the United States in 2003 and after many years of trials and prayerful reflection, she answered a second call and became a member of the Missionary Sisters of Divine Providence congregation. She took her vows in Baltimore, Maryland under Reverend Mother Augustina Amadi at St. Anthony Church in Baltimore, MD.

While holding other positions, she served at St Jude Catholic Church, Martin, Tennessee, St. John Before the Latin Gate Catholic Church, Bartlesville, Oklahoma and Holy Family Catholic Church, Missouri City, Texas. She held many nursing positions and finally working with the ailing and aged at Quality Living Personal Care Home in Missouri City.

Sr. Dorothy (Dora) passed away at the St. Luke Hospital, Sugarland, Texas after a brief illness on February 06, 2021.
She was loved by those who had the privilege of knowing her and will be missed by several women in religious life, brothers and sisters, cousins, nieces and nephews, aunties, uncles, friends and co-workers.