Sister Mary Owen Cobis, 82, retired educator

September 15, 2005

Sister Mary Owen Cobis, a retired parochial school educator, died from complications of rheumatoid arthritis Sept. 7 at The Villa, her order's Baltimore retirement home. She was 82.

Rose Anne Cobis was born in Paterson, N.J., and raised in Woodstock, Howard County. After graduating from Mount St. Agnes High School in 1941, she entered the Mount St. Agnes Novitiate of the Sisters of Mercy of the Baltimore Province and professed her vows in 1947.

She earned a bachelor's degree in education in 1953 from the old Mount St. Agnes College and a master's degree in reading from Loyola College in the early 1970s.

During her 48-year career, Sister Owen had been a first-grade teacher, parochial school principal and reading specialist. She began teaching at St. Peter's Parochial School in Baltimore in 1945 and held teaching and administrative assignments at schools in the District of Columbia, Virginia, Alabama and Georgia.

From 1976 to 1982, she was principal of Holy Family School in Randallstown and later taught at the Mount Washington Country School for Boys, St. Thomas More School and St. Ursula School and retired in 1992 from Cardinal Shehan School in Baynesville.

In 1993, she moved to Timothy House Apartments, a Towson senior living complex, where she ministered to the elderly, conducted prayer services, and drove residents to doctor's appointments and to shop. Since 2004, she had lived at The Villa.

Services were Saturday.

Surviving are three brothers, Joseph Cobis of Columbus, Ga., Stephen John Cobis of St. Johnsbury, Vt., and James Cobis of Mojave, Calif.; and a sister, Clair Perkins of Baltimore.

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