Aston, PA — Sister Mary Elizabeth Waters, OSF, died in Assisi House on February 5, 2007. Formerly Sister Mary Demetria, Sister Mary was 79 years of age and had been a professed member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia for 62 years. She entered the congregation in 1945 at age 17. Born in Washington, DC, she grew up there and in Baltimore, where she was a member of St. William of York Parish. Sister Mary was a 1945 graduate of The Catholic High School of Baltimore and earned a B.S. degree in English from Mt. St. Mary’s College in Emmitsburg, MD. She also attended the University of Southwestern Louisiana and The Catholic University of America. Sister Mary ministered primarily in education for 24 years, but also ministered for 11 in healthcare, and 6 years in parish ministry. She enjoyed reading, especially history and mysteries, crossword puzzles, and keeping up with world events.
Among her 21 years of ministry in the Baltimore archdiocese, Sr. Mary taught at her alma mater, The Catholic High School of Baltimore, 1966-1974, where she also served as Moderator of FTA and Literary Magazine. Other teaching experience there included Towson Catholic High School (1945-1955; 1974-1976) and St. Peter Claver, Baltimore (1976-1978). From 1978 to 1986, Sr. Mary ministered in medical records at St. Joseph Hospital, Towson.
Sr. Mary was also missioned to South Carolina for 15 years. In education ministry she served at St. Paul, Spartanburg (1955-1956) and Our Lady of Peace, North Augusta (1956-1961; 1962-1965). Sr. Mary also served in parish ministry as DRE at St. Mary of the Angels, Anderson, 1991-1992 and at St. Joseph Parish, Columbia, 1992-1997.
In the Philadelphia Archdiocese for 10 years, Sr. Mary served her congregation’s retirement residence, Assisi House, as Director of Programming and Residential Services from 1997 to 2000; in 2000, Sr. Mary became a resident of Assisi House, where she engaged in prayer ministry until her death.
Among her four years in the Wilmington diocese, Sr. Mary taught at St. Ann School (1961-1962), and worked in medical records at St. Francis Hospital (1988-1991). She served as teacher and principal at Holy Spirit, Jacksonville, NC, 1965-1966.
All services will be held in Assisi House, 600 Red Hill Road, on Thursday, 2/8. A Christian Wake Service will be held at 9:30 A.M, Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 A.M., and interment will follow in Our Lady of Angels Cemetery here. Sister Mary is survived by a brother, John, of Las Vegas, and a nephew, John, of Bradford, MA; and by her Franciscan family. Donations in her name can be made to Franciscan Ministries Foundation, 609 S. Convent Road, Aston, PA 19014.