Sister Marian

She served as principal at two Baltimore schools and later worked in health care.

September 03, 2007

Sister Marian Millard, who had been principal of two Baltimore parochial schools, died of complications from Parkinson's disease Wednesday at her order's retirement home in Pinehurst. She was 86.

Born Louise Olive Millard in Columbus, Ga., she entered the Sisters of Mercy in 1941 and took the name Marian. She earned a bachelor's degree in education from Mount St. Agnes College and held a master's degree from Loyola College.

Sister Marian taught at the old Mount Washington Country School for Boys, St. Cecilia's in Walbrook, and Holy Family in Randallstown before becoming a teacher and principal at St. Peter the Apostle Parochial School in Southwest Baltimore. She was also principal at the Shrine of the Sacred Heart in Mount Washington and finished her teaching career at Mount Washington Country School. She also held posts in Georgia and Florida.

"We all expected to be moved every three years," she said in a memoir. "We always had our trunks packed. I always liked wherever I was sent."

Sister Marian later went into her order's health care field. She was a secretary at Stella Maris Hospice in Timonium from 1984 to 1987, and then became an admissions clerk at Mercy Medical Center in downtown Baltimore, where she worked until 1998.

A Mass was offered Saturday.

Survivors include a cousin, Mary McCollum of Baltimore; and two nieces, Pat Farrow of Dover, Del., and Pat Lancaster of Linthicum.

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