Sister Margaret Cannon, (formerly Sr. Mary Pierre), a Sister of the Divine Compassion died peacefully at Cabrini Nursing Home on January 10, 2015.

Sr. Margaret was born in Tuckahoe, NY on June 5, 1930, the daughter of George J. and Margaret Dempsey Cannon.

Sister entered the Sisters of the Divine Compassion in 1952. Sister Margaret attended Immaculate Conception Elementary School and Good Counsel High School. She continued her education at Good Counsel College in White Plains where she obtained the Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and then an MS in Physiology from Catholic University. Sr. Margaret also earned an MS in Guidance and Counseling from Long Island University.

For many years Sister was a beloved teacher and guidance counselor at Good Counsel High School. In addition to teaching she involved the students in outreach to those in need in the Orange County town of Warwick.

After Sr. Margaret’s retirement she devoted her time and energy to advocating for social justice issues. She and her dear friend, Marie Bradshaw, began Compassion Outreach, Inc. to help the Little Sisters of Sainte Therese and the impoverished people of Haiti.

Sr. Carol Wagner, President of the Sisters of the Divine Compassion said, “Sr. Margaret was a joyful, warm, compassionate woman whose love of her students, colleagues and friends, as well as her outreach ministry with those living in poverty and destitution in Haiti reveal her deep commitment to our Divine Compassion community and mission. Her smile and fun spirit will be missed by us all.”

Sister Margaret is survived by her cousin George Ross and his family as well as the family of her cousin the late Jeanne Dobbin. She was predeceased by her brother, Michael Cannon.