Sister Mary Elizabeth Waters, a member of the Sisters of St. Francis and a retired educator who taught in several area parochial schools, died Monday of urosepsis, a bloodstream infection, at Assisi House, her order's retirement home in Aston, Pa. She was 79.
She was born Mary Elizabeth Demetria Waters in Washington and was raised in Baltimore, where she graduated in 1945 from Catholic High School.
In 1947, she entered the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia and professed her vows in 1948. She earned a bachelor's degree in English from Mount St. Mary's College in Emmitsburg, and did graduate work at the Catholic University of America and the University of Southwestern Louisiana.
She taught at Towson Catholic High School during the 1940s, and later held teaching positions at parochial schools in North Carolina and South Carolina, before coming to Catholic High School in Baltimore in 1966, where she taught for eight years and was moderator of the school's literary magazine.
She returned to Towson Catholic High School from 1972 to 1976, and then taught for two years at St. Peter Claver Roman Catholic Church. From 1978 to 1986, she worked in medical records at what is now St. Joseph Medical Center.
She was director of programming and residential services from 1997 to 2000 at Assisi House, where she lived until her death.
A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. today at Assisi House in Aston.
Surviving are a brother, John E. Waters of Las Vegas; and a nephew.