Mary Alma Noble, 79, head nurse at Montebello

August 22, 1999

Mary Alma Noble, a retired nurse who served in the South Pacific during World War II, died Friday at St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson of complications from hip replacement surgery. She was 79.

Born and raised in Catonsville, the former Mary Chlan graduated from Catonsville High School in 1939 and enlisted in the Army to train as a nurse. She served in Australia and on medical ships carrying wounded soldiers home from battle.

While in the Army, she met her husband, Alvin H. Noble, while both were serving in California, and they married at the end of the war. They lived briefly in California and for five years in Urbana, Ill., before moving to Baltimore with their two sons in 1950.

Mrs. Noble accepted a job as head nurse at the old Montebello Rehabilitation Hospital in Baltimore. She worked there for several years, then had another son. In 1965, she took a job at Stella Maris Hospice in Towson, where she worked for more than a decade.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, 101 Church Lane, in Cockeysville.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Noble is survived by three sons, Robert L. Noble of Freeland, Thomas H. Noble of Cockeysville and John C. Noble of Sykesville; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

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