Alice received her education at Havelock North School followed by Napier Technical College where she excelled in mathematics.
Her attraction to the Religious life and her decision to enter the Sisters of Compassion in 1932 surprised her family. At her reception into the Noviciate, Alice received Julian Eymard as her Religious name. Following Profession in 1935, Sister completed her State Nursing Training, qualifying as a Registered Nurse. Eymard enjoyed a period of time nursing in the Hospital section of the Island Bay Home.
Her qualities of good judgement and ability with mathematics led her to accept the responsibilities of Bursar in many of the Homes; first at St. Anne’s Home in Broken Hill, then the Island Bay Home, and finally at Aubert Home, Wanganui, where she lived for 21 years.
Sister Eymard was an extremely practical woman and had the ability to manage emergency situations with confidence and ease. Always a keen reader, she gained knowledge and the ability to manage a wide range of emergency situations that occurred in the Homes when tradesmen were unavailable. Her audible and hearty laugh was mostly heard in the company of the Sisters whom she appreciated and enjoyed during her Religious life. Her presence gave confidence and assurance. She was a trustworthy friend and her devotion to duty gave solid testimony to her loyalty to the Sisters of Compassion which she loved and served. She lived through the highs and lows of the Vatican II changes. Maintaining her high principles of loyalty and dedication she gave witness and encouragement to others. She cherished the future life and the mission of the Congregation which flowed from her love and admiration for Suzanne Aubert.
Sister Eymard lived a rich and fulfilled life as a Sister of Compassion. Her last years were spent at the Island Bay Home where she died peacefully in the presence of the Sisters.
Born Entered Professed Died Place of Death Place of Burial
01.07.1907 31.03.1932 23.01.1935 05.08.1991 Island Bay Karori Cemetery