Born just after the first x-ray machine had been unveiled, Eugenie Blanchard was born in the Merlette neighbourhood in St. Barthelemy. Eugenie worked very hard from a young age, tending to the garden and taking care of the family’s animals. Introduced to her church by her Father, Blanchard eventually left home and settled in Curacao. She took the veil aged 24 and became known as Sister Cyria Costa.
Sister Cyria Costa passed most of her religious vocation in Curacao. Sister Costa had a very loving and caring personality. She soon acquired the nickname ‘Douchy’, which is the Dutch creole word for sweets. Many say that this was due to her sweet nature. However, another possible reason for her nickname was that she was known to offer children sweets whilst shouting ‘douchy, douchy!’ This was her way of trying to entice children to attend Bible readings.