Sister Mary Ruth

[ Age 93 ] Sisters of Mercy member taught at numerous schools in the region

May 01, 2007

SISTER MARY RUTH HENING, a member of the Sisters of Mercy who taught at numerous parochial schools, died of cancer complications Wednesday at her order's motherhouse in the Pinehurst section of Baltimore County. She was 93.

Born in South Baltimore, she attended St. Mary Star of the Sea Parochial School and was a 1932 graduate of Mount St. Agnes High School. She entered the religious order in 1933 and earned a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Mount St. Agnes College and a master?s degree from Loyola College.

She taught at St. Bernard's in Waverly, St. Peter's in Southwest Baltimore, Immaculate Heart of Mary in Baynesville, Mount St. Agnes Lower School, St. Vincent's Male Orphan Asylum, Mount Washington Country School for Boys, St. Joseph School in Cockeysville, Villa Maria and Our Lady Queen of Angels in Timonium and Little Flower School inWoodstock.

She also held posts in Mobile, Ala., Pensacola, Fla., and Columbus, Ga., andworked in a hospital for leprosy patients in Trinidad.

She retired in 2002.

In her free time, she made and donated numerous crocheted items, including many for newborns.

A funeral Mass was offered Saturday.

Survivors include four cousins, Peggy Cronyn of Towson, Eleanor Dvorak of Glen Burnie, Arlene Hening Patterson of Forest Hill and Angela Dogge of Pasadena.

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