Sister Margaret Ann, 73, teacher and secretary

July 25, 2005

Sister Margaret Ann Cook, a Sister of Mercy and retired educator, died of cancer July 16 at The Villa, her order's Baltimore retirement home. She was 73.

She was born and raised in Washington, where she graduated from Holy Trinity High School. She earned a bachelor's degree in English in 1953 from the old Mount St. Agnes College in Mount Washington. In 1958, she earned a master's degree from Catholic University of America.

She entered the Sisters of Mercy in Baltimore in 1954, and professed her vows in 1960. For some years, she had taken the religious name of Sister Mary Caritas before returning to her original name.

She began her teaching career in 1956, instructing new postulants entering the order in English. She was on the faculty of Mount St. Agnes College from 1958 until 1963, when she was sent to the Convent of Mercy High School in Mobile, Ala. She taught there and at Bishop Toolen High School in Mobile until 1980, when she returned to Baltimore.

She temporarily left active religious life in 1974 when she went to Washington to care for her elderly parents until their deaths.

While in Washington, she worked five years as a secretary for the U.S. Treasury Department. In 1980, she returned to Baltimore, where she joined the faculty of the Shrine of the Sacred Heart School in Mount Washington. She retired in 1981.

Sister Margaret Ann continued working as a volunteer instructor at the Learning Bank of COIL, a West Baltimore Street adult literacy center.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered Wednesday at The Villa.

Survivors include two sisters, Mary Patricia Hill of Arlington, Va., and Jane Steinbauer of Reston, Va.

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