September 9, 1941 – July 1, 2022

“Let them be concerned to serve, love, adore and honor God, as best they can, with a single heart and a pure mind.”
— Third Order Rule 7

Sister Angelita Laws, as best she could, embodied these words of our Third Order Rule. Her single heartedness was learned early as the middle child in a large Catholic family in Monroe, Louisiana. From an early age she desired to belong, to help others, to give herself to God, and to include everyone in her love.

By God’s grace she became a Franciscan Sister of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. Sister Angelita soon discovered a natural ability to teach, and was especially adept at teaching math. Her love of teaching touched the lives of thousands of children in Louisiana, West Virginia, Missouri, Ohio, Illinois, and Texas. Her last assignments were teaching math in a correctional facility, in an alternative high school, and in a special residential children’s home — all in her beloved Louisiana.

Sister Angelita kept it simple. She lived her vows. She loved her students. She witnessed God’s “elastic” love as she affirmed each person, no matter the size, personality, skill, religion, or culture. Wherever she was in ministry, she served with joy. She always knew how and when to wash feet.

Her singleness of heart also led her to a profound respect and care for Creation. No weed or trash was safe when she walked the neighborhood. Anywhere she walked, greater beauty was left behind.

Despite challenging health issues in recent months, Sister Angelita continued to smile, to obey, to serve with singleheartedness. The day after celebrating 60 years of faithful religious life with her Franciscan Sisters and her family, she went home to God, whom she so faithfully had loved and served.

A funeral service will be held in St Louis, and Sister Angelita’s ashes will be laid to rest with her Franciscan Sisters at Resurrection Cemetery in Shrewesbury, Missouri. Memorials may be made to the Franciscan Sisters of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. To share stories of Sister or to arrange for a memorial gift, please contact Sister Connie at (314) 965-3700, x-109, or email Financial donations may also be made through the Sisters’ website at