A Mass of Christian burial for Mary K. Ames, a retired nurse, will be offered at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph Monastery Roman Catholic Church on Old Frederick Road.
Mrs. Ames, a resident of the Baltimore County community of Chadwick, died Saturday of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease, at the Little Sisters of the Poor home in Catonsville. She was 63.
A native of Baltimore, the former Mary Kirby attended the Shrine of the Little Flower elementary school and graduated from the Catholic High School in 1945. A 1948 graduate of the St. Agnes School of Nursing, she worked as a nurse at St. Agnes Hospital.
She married John E. Ames Sr. in 1949, and they lived in the Irvington area until the family moved to Baltimore County five years ago.
Mrs. Ames retired in 1988 after becoming ill.
In addition to her husband, Mrs. Ames is survived by four sons, John E. Ames. Jr., William B. Ames, Francis X. Ames and Thomas J. Ames; and seven daughters, Mary P. Simon, Mary C. Graupner, Mary T. Doll, Mary B. Button and Anne M. Ames, all of the Baltimore area; and Sister Mary Caroline, O.P., and Sister Francis de Sales, O.P., both with the Dominican Sisters of the St. Cecilia Congregation of Nashville, Tenn.
Mrs. Ames also is survived by her mother, Anna Kirby of Baltimore; five sisters, Anne Bauer of Phoenix, Patricia Schaefer of Knoxville, Tenn., and Helen Banashak, Joyce Mannion and Jean Baumgartner, all of Baltimore; two brothers, Joseph Kirby of Baltimore and William Kirby of Towson; and 20 grandchildren.
The family suggested that donations be made to the Little Sisters of the Poor, the St. Agnes Hospice Program or the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Maryland.