Sister Mary Anselm, 93, principal, center director

February 11, 2003

Sister Mary Anselm Bentley, a retired educator and member of the Oblate Sisters of Providence, died of heart failure Thursday at St. Agnes Health- Care. She was 93.

Born and raised Catherine Marie Virginia Bentley in Alexandria, Va., she began teaching after graduating from a normal school in Virginia.

She entered the Oblate Sisters order in 1930 and professed her vows in 1933. She earned her bachelor's degree in the 1940s from Rosary College in Forest Park, Ill., and a master's degree in education from Loyola College in 1953.

During her long career, Sister Anselm served as vice principal of St. Frances Academy in Baltimore, She was principal of Cardinal Gibbons Institute in Southern Maryland from 1953 to 1959.

After completing several academic assignments in Orangeburg, S.C., and St. Louis, she returned to her order's motherhouse in Catonsville, where she was director of the Mount Providence Child Development Center.

From 1990 until retiring in 2000, she was a school accountant in Montgomery, Ala.

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

Sister Anselm is survived by two brothers, Joseph Bentley of Landover and Thomas Bentley of Alexandria; and many nephews and nieces.

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