This is another of my HANLEY family stories. This one is about my Great Grand Aunt Elizabeth HANLEY, sister of Leo (father of The Baby in The Basket).
When Aunt Elizabeth was 13 she entered Sisters of Providence of St. Mary’s of The Woods in Terre Haute, Indiana in order to become a nun. She really wanted to be a teacher but sometime between the age of 13 and 19 she got sick and lost most of her hearing.
Fearing that her dream would not come true she left the convent and worked as a maid in Detroit, Michigan. When she was 36 she met Theodore HAYES, married him and had two sons.
In the 1970’s, after her sons were grown and her marriage had ended, Aunt Elizabeth went back to the convent, took her vows and became Sister Virginia Clare.
She passed away in Detriot, Michigan in 1981.