Sister Mary Frances, 96, taught school for 46 years

October 02, 2002

Sister Mary Frances Gilpin, a Roman Catholic nun who taught for 46 years, died Thursday of cardiac arrest at her order's Catonsville motherhouse. She was 96.

Born Elaine Beatrice Gilpin in Baltimore, she entered the Oblate Sisters of Providence in 1926 and professed her vows two years later. She earned a degree from Rosary College in River Forest, Ill., in 1939.

She began teaching history, Latin, English and religion at St. Frances Academy on East Chase Street in 1934. She also wrote the school song's lyrics, verses that are still being sung by its students.

Sister Frances also taught at Holy Comforter School in Charleston, S.C., and at Cardinal Gibbons High School in Ridge, Saint Mary's County. She retired in 1980.

Her fellow sisters at the convent said she was a skilled needlework artist and enjoyed gardening.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 7:30 p.m. today at Our Lady of Mount Providence Convent, 701 Gun Road, Catonsville.

Sister Frances has no immediate survivors.

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