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90., of Cottonwood, Arizona passed away on January 22, 2018. Alicia was born to Evelyn (Sweeney) and Joseph Monahan on December 3, 1927 in Lilly, PA. She is survived by her brother, Robert J. Monahan of Lilly, Pennsylvania, and preceded in death by her sisters, Betty Marotta and Mona Patterson, and her brother, Paul aka "Sonny" Monahan. She is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews. In the Fall of 1943, Alicia took novice vows with the Sisters of St. Joseph in Baden, PA. She graduated from Mount Gallitzin High School, and took her final vows with the name Sister Malcolm in 1945. She then attended St. Francis College in Loretto, PA, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in 1964, and taught at various local Catholic Schools. In 1967, Alicia with her dear friend, Margaret McFadden, joined the VISTA program, first working at inner city schools, and later taught on the Navajo reservation in Window Rock, Arizona. Alicia lived a life of service, including her work in the AmeriCorps VISTA program, taught English in numerous high schools, and was a Professor at Northern Arizona University, where she also earned her Doctorate in Education, and co-authored a book on teaching. In her work with higher academics, Alicia assisted challenged students as student teachers. During her later years, after retirement from the University, Alicia volunteered at Verde Valley Medical Center, working in the mail room and the cafeteria, where she made many friends and was honored for her multiple years of voluntary service. She was also a talented artist and taught stained glass and painting. The family requests that donations be made to American Red Cross in her memory.
Published on February 6, 2018
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