Sister Mary Assisi Jackson, 86

Teacher, pastoral assistant

January 23, 2008

Sister Mary Assisi Jackson, a longtime member of the Oblate Sisters of Providence and teacher, died Jan. 14 at Stella Maris Hospice in Timonium. She was 86.

Mary Frances Jackson, who was born and raised in Baltimore, was the daughter of Arthur and Rose Jackson. She was educated by the Franciscan Sisters at their Maryland Avenue school.

In 1942, she entered the Oblate Sisters of Providence. She professed her vows in 1945. From 1945 to 1947, she worked at St. Frances convent in Baltimore and then was named a prefect to the young boys who were residents of the Guardian Angels Home in Leavenworth, Kan.

She returned to Baltimore in 1955 and was assigned to the convent at St. Pius V. She later taught religion and held posts in Minneapolis, Missouri, South Carolina, New Jersey, Connecticut and Alabama.

Later, she was a pastoral assistant at St. Gregory the Great Roman Catholic Church on North Gilmor Street until 2000. For the past decade, she had lived at Our Lady of Mount Providence Convent, her order's motherhouse in Arbutus, where she was a driver.

Sister Assisi enjoyed cooking and watching the Food Channel.

A Mass of Christian burial was to be celebrated last night at Our Lady of Mount Providence in Arbutus.

Her survivors include several nieces and nephews.

Frederick N. Rasmussen

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