Sister Lillian Muell, OSB

July 30, 1912 - December 3, 2000

Sister Lillian Muell, a Benedictine Sister, died Sunday, December 3, 2000, at Mount St. Scholastica. Mass of Christian burial will be Wednesday, December 6, at 10:30 a.m. in the choir chapel. Visitation will begin at 12:45 p.m. in St. Lucy Chapel, Tuesday, December 5, followed by a vigil service at 7 p.m. in the choir chapel. Burial will be it the monastic cemetery. 

Julia Agnes, born on a farm near Panama, Iowa, July 30, 1912, was the eldest of 11 children of John Muell, Jr., and Mamie U. Sullivan Muell. She received her early education at St. Mary's, Panama and attended Mount St. Scholastica College for a year before joining the Benedictine Sisters in 1932. She received a baccalaureate degree in English from Mount St. Scholastica, earned a master's degree in educational administration from St. Louis University and did post-graduate studies at Howard University, Washington, D.C. and Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI.

Her professional career spanned 56 years at elementary, high school and college levels. Besides being a classroom teacher, she was an elementary principal, publicity director and international student adviser. Her teaching posts in Kansas were at Shawnee, Baileyville, Argentine, Kinney Heights, Fidelity, Paxico, Westphalia, Horton, Valley Falls, Beattie, Donnelly College and Benedictine College. In Missouri, she taught at Lillis High School and at the Vietnamese Educational Center, Carthage; in Nebraska, at Atkinson and in Iowa, at Des Moines.

After her retirement from formal teaching in 1989, she did proof-reading for book authors, became editor of the community newsletter, Atchison Benedictines, served as Eucharistic minister and lector at St. Lucy chapel, receptionist for Dooley Center and performed other duties in the internal ministry of the community.

Sister Lillian was preceded in death by her parents, three sisters and three brothers. She is survived by three sisters, Eleanor Berscheidt, Minnetonka, MN, Agnes Larsen, Harlan, IA, Genevieve Rafferty, Hoffman Estates, IL; and one brother, Charles Muell, Azusa, CA.

Let us remember her gratefully in our prayers.