Sister Vernola Ann Lyons FMOL died Thursday, Oct. 11, at Our Lady of The Lake Regional Medical Center.  

Sister Vernola was born June 20, 1940 in Mire. She entered the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady order on Aug. 2, 1964 and made her Perpetual Profession on Feb. 10, 1973.  

She obtained a bachelor’s degree in nursing from McNeese State University in May, 1964 and a master’s degree from the University of Santa Clara in June, 1984.  


Sister Vernola Ann Lyons FMOL


Sister Vernola served at Our Lady of the Lake as a cardiology staff nurse, emergency room head nurse and in Pastoral Care at OLOL and the Tau Center.  

At Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center in Lafayette, she served as supervisor of surgery and obstetrics, supervisor and instructor of nurses in ICU, Sister Visitor, guest relations, patient liaison in surgery, home health nurse and Catholic Service Center at St. Genevieve Church in Thibodaux.  

At St. Elizabeth Hospital in Gonzales she served as a patient representative.  

Sister Vernola is survived by a sister-in-law, Shirley Ann Lyons, numerous nieces, nephews, family, friends and her own religious family, the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady.  

She is preceded in death by her parents, John Sidney and Bernadette Bearb Lyons, siblings, John, Aaron, Leo, Curney and Virginia Lyons.  

Through the years she served on several of the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady boards and hospital committees. Her faith in God, Franciscan vocation, nursing background and her compassion to serve are just a few of the gifts she will be remembered by in her ministry in the church. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at the St. Francis Chapel at OLOL, with interment at Roselawn Cemetery.  

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Haiti Project, Cristo Rey Baton Rouge Franciscan High School or a charity of choice.