Sister Mary Regis, 87

Longtime schoolteacher

December 15, 2007

Sister Mary Regis Bacon, an elementary school educator and member of the Oblate Sisters of Providence, died of congestive heart failure Dec. 5 at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. She was 87.

Ann Cornelia Bacon was born in Yonkers, N.Y., and as a child moved to Frederick. She attended elementary and high school at St. Frances Convent on East Chase Street in Baltimore.

After graduating from high school in 1940, she entered the Oblate Sisters of Providence; she professed her vows in 1943. She received a bachelor's degree in elementary education from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland.

Sister Mary Regis began teaching at St. Pius V Parochial School in Baltimore in 1947. Other local teaching assignments included St. Francis Xavier Parochial School and St. Cecilia Parochial School from 1963 to 1964.

From 1964 to 1965, she was principal of St. Gerard Parochial School in Aiken, S.C., and later held teaching assignments in Wilson, N.C., Washington and Charleston, S.C.

She taught from 1979 to the middle-1980s at Holy Name of Mary Parochial School in Chicago, and her final teaching assignment was at Our Lady of the Divine Shepherd in Trenton, N.J. She retired in the early 1990s.

In 1975, Fuller & Dees Marketing Group named Sister Mary Regis "Outstanding Teacher of America."

Sister Mary Regis, who had lived at her order's motherhouse in Arbutus since 1997, enjoyed reading, music and watching educational TV.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered Tuesday.

There are no survivors.

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