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August 02, 1998

Sister Mary of Mercy, 79, teaching nun

Sister Mary of Mercy Coleman, OSP, a teaching nun who devoted six decades to her religious order, died of an aneurysm Tuesdaywhile visiting her ailing brother in Philadelphia. She was 79.

"She was a gentle, generous person who persevered, even though she knew she was sick," said Sister Mary Celestina Johnson, a friend and nun in the Oblate Sisters of Providence.

When Sister Mary of Mercy died, she was visiting her brother, Dradon Coleman, at a Philadelphia hospital. He died the next day.

Ruth Agnes Marie Coleman was born and raised in Cornwell Heights, Pa., and in 1934 joined the Oblate Sisters -- an order founded in Baltimore in the early 1800s. She professed her vows in 1937.

She earned a bachelor of arts degree from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland and taught in Baltimore-area parochial schools, including St. Pius, St. Frances of Rome and St. Francis Xavier. Teaching assignments also took her to Washington; Alexandria, Va.; Trenton, N.J.; Buffalo, N.Y.' St. Paul, Minn.; and Charleston, S.C.

From her 1994 retirement until her death, she taught reading at the Mount Providence Reading Center at the order's motherhouse in Catonsville.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 7: 30 p.m. tomorrowat the Our Lady of Mount Providence convent chapel, 701 Gun Road

Survivors include a sister, Claudia Williams of Philadelphia; and several nieces and nephews.

Barbara Montross Magee, 65, longtime civic activist

Barbara Montross Magee, a longtime civic activist who enjoyed painting and travel, died of cancer complications yesterday at her Roland Park home. She was 65.

A native of Chappaqua, N.Y., the former Barbara Montross graduated from the Masters School in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y., and, in 1954, from Goucher College.

Mrs. Magee was a devoted member of the Baltimore Junior League and worked many years for the March of Dimes.

In her spare time, she enjoyed painting pastels and was fond of traveling to Barbados and visiting Bethany Beach, Del. She was a longtime member of the Baltimore Country Club.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. David's Episcopal Church, at Roland Avenue and Oakdale Road.

Survivors include her husband of 44 years, John A. Magee IV, retired vice president and regional associate counsel of Chicago Title Insurance Co.; three sons, John A. Magee V of Charlotte, N.C., James M. Magee of Lutherville and William E. Magee of Fairfield, Conn.; a daughter, Barbara M. Buckley of Virginia Beach, Va.; and seven grandchildren.

Mary W. Shea, 78, longtime legal secretary

Mary W. Shea, a retired legal secretary and backyard astronomer, died Tuesday of a heart attack at her Northeast Baltimore home. She was 78 and formerly lived in Dundalk.

During World War II, Mrs. Shea was a secretary at the War Department in Washington.

A longtime legal secretary, Mrs. Shea went to work in the 1960s for William Rovecamp, a Baltimore attorney. She retired in the early 1970s.

Mrs. Shea enjoyed spending her evenings with a telescope, scouring the heavens for stars, planets and constellations. She also maintained a lively interest in astrology and the preparation of astrological charts.

Mary Wilson was born and raised in Petersburg, Va., where she graduated from high school in 1937 and later attended business school. She was married in 1949 to Donald J. Shea, who died in 1982.

She was a former member of Dundalk Presbyterian Church and a member of the Women of the Moose, Dundalk chapter.

A memorial service will be held at 6: 30 p.m. Tuesday at St. Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church, 3615 Harford Road.

Survivors include her daughter, Mary Lynn McMullen of Baltimore; a sister, Margaret Banks of Charlottesville, Va.; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Pub Date: 8/02/98

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