Sister Mary Ann Garvey, 73, teacher, chaplain

May 21, 2004

Sister Mary Ann Garvey, a volunteer pastoral care associate at Mercy Medical Center and former teacher, died in her sleep May 12 at The Villa, her order's retirement home in the Pinehurst section of Baltimore County after complaining of feeling ill. She was 73.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Catonsville, she was a 1948 graduate of Mount St. Agnes High School and entered the Sisters of Mercy several months later. She was given the name Sister Mary Godfrey, but later reassumed her birth name.

She earned her bachelor's degree in education from Mount St. Agnes College and her master's in education from Loyola College.

She taught in elementary schools in Georgia, the District of Columbia, Virginia and Alabama, as well as at the Benedictine School in Ridgely on the Eastern Shore. Skilled at sign language, she ministered to the Roman Catholic Deaf of Washington and with others who had hearing loss.

In recent years, she became certified as a chaplain by the National Association of Catholic Chaplains and was assistant director of pastoral care at St. Elizabeth Rehabilitation Center. Most recently she was a volunteer chaplain at Mercy Medical Center.

A funeral Mass was offered Saturday at The Villa.

Survivors include two brothers, C. Godfrey Garvey of Ellicott City and James F. Garvey of Catonsville; three sisters, Mary Jane McManus of Catonsville, Mary Elizabeth Hession of Annapolis and Mary Gertrude Kirsch of Airville, Pa.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

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