Sister Cecilia Mary Grimes, a retired elementary school educator who was a member of the Sisters of St. Francis for more than a half-century, died of septicemia Wednesday at St. Francis Hospital in Wilmington, Del. She was 76.
Florence Marie Grimes was born and raised in Wilmington. After graduating from high school, she worked for Diamond State Telephone Co. before entering her order in 1950. She professed her vows in 1953.
Sister Mary taught at St. Anthony Parochial School in Gardenville from 1950 to 1951 and was on the faculty of Immaculate Conception School in Towson from 1959 to 1963.
From 1952 to 1959, she taught at St. Bernadette Parochial School in Silver Spring, and during the early 1960s held teaching posts at parochial schools in Oklahoma, Florida and North Carolina.
In 1965, she returned to the Diocese of Wilmington and taught in local parochial schools. From 1988 to 1999, she ministered as a job counselor at the Ministry of Caring in Wilmington.
For the past eight years, she was a pastoral visitor and spiritual director for Manor Health Care Services and at the Franciscan Spiritual Center in Aston, Pa. She also ministered at the Delaware Correctional Center in Smyrna.
She earned a bachelor's degree in elementary education in 1968 from Mount St. Mary's College in Emmitsburg, and a master's degree in religious education from La Salle University in Philadelphia in 1984. She also received spiritual direction certification from Neumann College in Aston.
Sister Mary enjoyed music, theater, travel and reading.
A Mass of Christian burial was offered yesterday at Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church in Elkton.
Surviving are a brother, Thomas Grimes of Newark, Del.; and several nieces and nephews.