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Sister Anne Marie Hill, RSHM

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Sister Anne Marie (Sister des Victoires) Hill, RSHM died at Phelps Memorial Hospital, Sleepy Hollow, NY, on Wednesday, January 3, 2024. She was 85 years of age and had been a member of the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary for 67 years.

She was born in County Clare, Ireland, on June 30, 1938, to Michael and Mary Rourke Hill.

She received a BA in French from Marymount College, Tarrytown, NY, and an MA in French from the University of Ottawa, Canada.

Sister Anne Marie entered the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary at the RSHM Novitiate in Tarrytown, NY, on September 8, 1955. She made her first vows on April 21, 1957, in Tarrytown, where she also made her final vows on August 26, 1963.

Sister Anne Marie’s lifelong ministry in education began in the United States when she was sent to teach at St. John’s School, McLean, VA (1957-1959). Her next assignment was to Marymount School of New York, NYC, where she taught (1961-1968) before being named principal (1968-1969). She spent four years in Zimbabwe teaching at St. Killian’s Mission in Rusape (1969-1973).

She was head of school at each of the Eastern American RSHM schools in Europe: in England at Marymount International School, London (1974-1984); in Italy at Marymount International School, Rome (1984-2003) and Istituto Marymount, Rome (1998-2003); in France at Marymount International School, Paris (2003-2010), and a second time in Italy at Marymount International School, Rome (2010-2012).

Sr. Anne Marie was committed to education, and in particular to the growth of schools run by the RSHM. When she was head of Marymount International School, London, England, she invited the heads of the Eastern American Province schools to meetings in London. Later, with the encouragement of Province leadership, the heads and representatives of the schools in England, Paris, and Rome began working together to strengthen the RSHM spirit and charism in the European schools. This work expanded with the addition of the schools of the Eastern and Western American Provinces. Schools in other provinces joined the group and formed a network and together they developed goals and criteria for the RSHM schools.

In 2003, Sr. Anne Marie was named Director of the RSHM Network of Schools, a position she held until 2014. Under her leadership, commitment to the charism and mission of the RSHM deepened. Today, the network brings together heads, administrators, teachers, trustees, and students to educate for the causes of justice and peace in a multicultural world. It also provides opportunities, such as exchange programs, academic events, and sports competitions, for students to meet students from other RSHM schools.

After retiring, she remained in England, before coming to Marymount Convent, Tarrytown, shortly before her death.

Sister Anne Marie is survived by three sisters, one brother, an extended family of nieces and nephews, and by the members of her religious family.                                                

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Marymount Convent, 32 Warren Avenue, Tarrytown, NY, on Tuesday, January 9, at 10:30 am. Burial is at Mount Calvary Cemetery, White Plains, NY.

We invite you to join us for the Mass at Marymount Convent or by live-stream on our website, where it will be archived.

In lieu of flowers, gifts in her name may be made to Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary, 50 Wilson Park Drive, Tarrytown, NY, 10591.

9 thoughts on “Sister Anne Marie Hill, RSHM”

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    Aunty Nancy’s life was interesting fulfilled and one who lived life to the full, kept going through her last few years despite her ongoing health issues a true testament of her will to continue and bring that spirit of life and love to all who knew her. Auntie Nancy will be sadly missed, deepest sympathies to her religious community. fond memories of you auntie Nancy. Mary

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      Dear Mary,
      I am saddened to learn this evening of your dear Aunt’s passing.
      I had the great privilege of working at Marymount, Paris with Sr Anne-Marie as one of the nurses there. I had great respect for and loved her dearly as a person. She was always so kind and sincere and the way that she cared for the children was truly special.
      I send you all my love and warmest wishes at this hard time. I am only sorry that I was not in Tarrytown to say a proper goodbye..
      Take great care
      Tracy X

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      Dear Mary, I’m assuming you are Noreen’s daughter. Noreen, Nancy and I were friends since our young teenage years. If you would like me to share some wonderful memories of Noreen and your Auntie Nancy, you can contact me at or, you can PM me on Facebook. Both Nancy and Noreen are a significant part of my life’s precious and treasured memories. I am so sorry for your loss, Mary.

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    My sincerest condolences sisters in the death of Sr Anne Marie Hill.I was very sad to hear the news .A great woman,an example of a live well lived in the service of others ,a kind and wise person .
    May she rest in peace and receive her eternal reward ,
    Kind regards ,
    Mary Carroll Dublin ,Ireland

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    My dear friend Sr Anne Marie was a veritable powerhouse. As an educator, a leader, a thinker, a mentor and a kind and considerate human being, she was a blessing to all who knew her.
    She will be sadly missed but remembered with deepest regard and affection.

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    Rest in Peace Sister. You were the first principal to give me a professional job in 2005 and you were much admired by both myself and the other teachers in Marymount Nomentana. Sister Hill joins my dear friends Sister Eileen & my other greatly missed colleague Lucia in Heaven with Our Lord. All made an indelible mark on children that will serve them for life.
    My condolences to Sister Hill’s family and to her family of the R.S.H.M.
    John O’ Mahony, Marymount Nomentana, 2005-2007.

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    Sister Anne Marie (Nancy) and I were teenagers and best friends in Neuilly, Paris, and later as postulants and professed nuns. Besides her admirable teaching and leadership skills, Sister Anne Marie was a compassionate, kind, generous and loving person. She and her sister, Noreen, were inseparable , just one year apart to the day. I am sad for Patsy and the other siblings left to mourn her loss. Our world has truly lost a good one…

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