Sister Agnes (Agnes Julie) Pashby (1932-2022)

Sister Agnes Pashby went peacefully home to her good God on 29 September, 2022, at age 90 and after serving 72 years as a Sister of Notre Dame de Namur. She was born in Lynn, Mass., to parents John and Rebecca (Sullivan) Pashby. After graduating from St. Mary's High School, she entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1950, taking the name Sister Agnes Julie.

Sister Agnes was a devoted, lifelong learner. She earned a degree in French from Emmanuel College, and taught at schools in Worcester, East Boston, Dorchester, and Shrewsbury. In 1969, she earned an M. Ed. in Math from Salem State, and proceeded to teach at Notre Dame schools in Beverly and Peabody. She also became a Certified Medical Assistant, and completed her CPE certificate and served on the Ipswich Formation Committee. In 1986, Sister Agnes was appointed Assistant Treasurer for the Ipswich Province. In all her duties, she was known for her hallmark modest generosity.

She was predeceased by her siblings John F. Pashby, Charles Pashby, and Frances (Pashby) Scoledge. She is survived by her loving sister, Margaret Pashby, and her nieces and nephews, her good friend Clara Gaudet, her devoted Sisters and Associates in the Notre Dame de Namur community, and by the dedicated staff of the St. Julie Billiart Residential Care Center.

Sr. Agnes’ Mass of Christian Burial was held on Thursday, October 6, 2022 at Our Lady Queen Chapel, 30 Jeffreys Neck Rd., Ipswich, Mass. She is interred at Notre Dame Cemetery, Ipswich.

Sister Agnes' Ministries


1952-1956 Our Lady of the Angels School, Worcester, Mass.
1956-1965 Assumption and Sacred Heart Schools, East Boston, Mass.
1965-1967 St. Gregory School, Dorchester, Mass.
1967-1971 St. Mary School, Shrewsbury, Mass.
1971-1973, St. Mary School, Beverly, Mass.
1973-1976 St. John School, Peabody, Mass.
1976-1989, St. Mary School, Danvers, Mass.

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