Sister Therese Marie, 85, Little Sisters of the Poor

August 26, 2005

Sister Therese Marie Braddock, a member of the Little Sisters of the Poor who spent her life working with the elderly, died of respiratory failure Saturday at St. Martin's Home in Catonsville. She was 85.

Born Therese Marie Braddock in Morganfield, Ky., she was raised there and in Louisville. She entered the Little Sisters order in 1939 and professed her vows in 1941.

She came to Baltimore in the early 1940s to work with the elderly at St. Martin's Home, then on Valley Street. She spent more than 60 years working in nursing homes maintained by her order in Richmond, Va., Detroit, Cincinnati and Cleveland.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered Wednesday at St. Martin's, where Sister Therese Marie had lived since 1996.

Survivors include a brother, Charles Braddock of Shepherdstown, W.Va.; a sister, Sister Marie Theresa, with the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth in Louisville; and several nieces and nephews.

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