A. Louise Healy, 85, nun, social worker A. Louise...

May 18, 2001

A. Louise Healy, 85, nun, social worker

A. Louise Healy, a former Carmelite nun and retired social worker, died Monday of a stroke at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air. She was 85.

Miss Healy had resided at Westminster House in Baltimore before moving to Charlestown Community in Catonsville in 1997.

She joined the Carmelite nuns in the early 1940s and left in 1964. She then worked as a social worker for the Baltimore Department of Public Welfare and retired in 1976.

Family said Miss Healy had a strong interest in racial and economic justice and was a tireless advocate for the needy.

She volunteered at Viva House and Our Daily Bread and ministered to street people in Baltimore. She also participated in demonstrations and lobbying efforts to bring about social change.

Miss Healy also worked for justice in El Salvador and, while in her 70s, joined a solidarity delegation that visited there during the civil war. "My aunt truly lived the idea that if you want peace, work for justice. She was an inspiration to many of our family as well as those involved in peace and justice work in Baltimore," said a niece, Rosemary Ciaudelli of Homeland.

Born in Walbrook and reared in Guilford, Miss Healy was a 1934 graduate of Mount St. Agnes High School. She earned a bachelor's degree from St. Mary-of-the-Woods College in St. Mary-of-the-Woods, Ind.

She was a communicant of the Roman Catholic Basilica of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary and also attended Mass at Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Church, Mount Royal and Lafayette avenues, where a memorial Mass will be offered at 11 a.m. today.

She is survived by two sisters, Mary Frances Burke of Homeland and Catherine Brown of Bel Air; and many nieces and nephews.

She also was the sister of Monsignor Joseph F. Healy, former rector of St. Philip Neri Roman Catholic Church in Linthicum, and Monsignor Austin L. Healy, social activist and former rector of St. Stephen Roman Catholic Church in Bradshaw. Both are deceased.

Marjorie H. Hopkins, 79, owner of Davidsonville farm

Marjorie H. Hopkins, who owned and operated an Anne Arundel County farm at which customers picked their produce, died Monday of colon cancer at Crofton Convalescent Center. She was 79.

She and her husband, Ralph M. Hopkins, whom she married in 1941, established U-Pick Farm in Davidsonville, where customers could pick their strawberries and vegetables. Family members still own and operate the farm.

She was a substitute teacher at Davidsonville Elementary School for 10 years beginning in the 1950s and was a rural mail carrier. During the 1960s, she worked in the Anne Arundel County Agricultural Extension Office.

Mrs. Hopkins was a longtime parishioner of Davidsonville United Methodist Church, where she helped prepare church suppers, and a member of the Anne Arundel County Farm Bureau.

The former Marjorie Hopkins was a 1939 graduate of Glen Burnie High School.

Her husband died in 1993.

Services for Mrs. Hopkins will be held at 11 a.m. today at Davidsonville United Methodist Church on West Central Avenue.

She is survived by two sons, James R. Hopkins and C. Timothy Hopkins, both of Davidsonville; two sisters, Cordelah Swanson of Linthicum and Janet Eastham of Flint Hill, Va.; and five grandchildren.

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