Sister Mary Patrice, 93

Registered nurse

October 18, 2006

Sister Mary Patrice Young, a retired registered nurse who had held positions at Villa Maria Orphanage and what is now Mercy Medical Center, died of heart failure Thursday at The Villa, her order's retirement home in the Woodbrook section of Baltimore County. She was 93.

She was born Evelyn Angela Young and raised in Spangler, Pa., one of 11 children. She earned an associate's degree in nursing from Catholic University of America in 1934.

She entered the Religious Sisters of Mercy in 1936 and professed her vows in 1941. She returned to Catholic University and earned a bachelor's degree in 1943.

Sister Patrice began her career at Mercy in 1938 and held nursing positions at hospitals in Atlanta and Savannah, Ga., before returning to the Baltimore hospital. She was its director of nursing services from 1946 to 1957.

From 1959 to 1962, she was a nurse at Stella Maris Hospice in Timonium and Mount St. Agnes Lower School in Mount Washington.

Sister Patrice nursed for nearly a decade at Villa Maria Orphanage in Timonium.

"That was her favorite job. She loved the children who were always hanging on her skirts and rosary beads," said a niece, Mary R. Young of Westminster. "She had quite an Irish personality, and there was always a sparkle in her eye."

From 1970 until retiring in 1979, she worked at St. Joseph Medical Center.

"She kept parakeets, was a devoted Orioles fan and liked visiting her home in Spangler," Mrs. Young said. "She also liked to crochet afghans and place mats, which she gave away to family, friends and doctors."

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

Also surviving are a sister, Josephine Young Wildeman of Harrisburg, Pa.; and many other nieces and nephews.

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