Sister Martha Perry, 90, elementary school teacher

October 02, 2003

Sister Martha Perry, who taught in parochial schools for more than 40 years, died of heart failure Tuesday in Maria Health Care Center at Villa Assumpta, the School Sisters of Notre Dame motherhouse. She was 90.

Born Martha Perry in Charles County, she was reared on her family's farm and graduated in 1932 from St. Mary's High School in Bryantown.

She entered the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1932 and was given the religious name of Sister Mary Demetria. She later returned to her baptismal name.

She professed her vows in 1936 and earned her bachelor's degree in education from Seton Hall University. During her 41-year teaching career, she taught elementary school at St. Patrick's Parochial School in Mount Savage and St. Ambrose Parochial School in Baltimore. She also held teaching assignments in Massachusetts, New York and Florida.

After her retirement from teaching in 1977, she moved to Villa Assumpta, where she helped care for elderly members of the religious community and worked as a seamstress.

A Mass of Resurrection will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Villa Assumpta, 6401 N. Charles St.

Sister Martha is survived by many nieces and nephews.

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