Sister Mary Ambrose Naughton, 73, former executive director and more recently assistant administrator for mission services at St. Joseph Villa, died of cancer Monday afternoon, April 13, in Houston.
The Catholic nun, who was born in Ireland, came to Salt Lake City in 1986 as supervisor of nursing and headed the Salt Lake health-care center for a number of years.She had been ill about three years. She left Salt Lake City March 1 to spend her remaining time at the mother house of the Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, which owns and operates St. Joseph Villa, other health-care facilities and other programs.
Sister Ambrose entered the congregation in 1949, making her perpetual profession of vows in 1956. She served in many capacities for the congregation, the Sisters of
Charity Health Care System and the communities where she lived.
She was a member of the General Council for the congregation and the corporate board of the system. She was also vicar for religious in the Galveston-Houston Diocese from 1969 to 1972.
Sister Ambrose received a master's of science degree in mental health from the Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. For 12 years, she was director of the St. Mary's Hospital psychiatric unit in Galveston.
She played a key role in developing and securing funding for a wide range of services at St. Joseph Villa. The center underwent a major fund-raising campaign before expanding services a number of years ago. In addition to her work there, she was a member of the boards of Catholic Community Services and Ulster Project-Utah and director of vocations for her congregation. Also, she was a member of the Catholic Women's League, the Ministerial Association and the Hibernian Society.
Wake services are scheduled Tuesday evening, and funeral Mass will be Wednesday morning at the Houston mother house, Villa de Matel. Burial will be at that location. Also, a funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Ann's Parrish, 2100 S. 500 East, at 6 p.m. Monday, April 27.