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December 12, 2013
My mother (Patricia Robison Murphy) was a graduate of Mount Saint Mary Academy in 1947. She was unable to attend any of the services for Sister, but my sister and I were honored to be at the burial today. My mother was a very good friend of Sister Gertrude Mary's for over 60 yrs. When we were kids, mom would take us to the Mount so she could visit with.Sister. During that time we also got to meet Sr. Thomas Mary. She taught us how to play cards. She was a delight. After my dad died in 1980, I had the privilege to bring mom to almost every Alumni Day. If mom knew that Sr. Gertrude Mary was going to be there we had to arrive early so she could have plenty of visiting time with Sister. Alumni Day was always a beautiful day that mom and I treasured together. She loved her time at the Mount. There were so many special memories but Sister Gertrude Mary was truly a gift in her life. She lived such a simple and humble life in service to Our Lord. She had a special way to touch everyone in her presence without even trying. She was a true servant and wore her habit with honor and pride. We are better people for having known her all these years. We send our love, prayers and sympathy to all of the Kerin family. Maureen Murphy Gregory and family.
December 11, 2013
My sincere sympathy, rest in peace and God bless you.
December 11, 2013
Sr. Gertrude Mary was one of my favorite teachers at Mt. St. Mary Academy, '58-'62.
She was my Chemistry teacher. Although I would take many college courses in Chemistry in my college years, no one was quite like her. What I remember most was her humility. I hope that I have emulated that quality in my classes over the years.
She did God's work on earth and I know she is enjoying her eternal reward.
December 10, 2013
I was a student of Sr Gertrude Mary at MSM from 1958-62. She was a wonderful woman. May she rest in peace.
December 10, 2013
I had the good fortune to be one of Sister Gertrude Mary's students at Mount Saint Mary Academy in Newburg. She was my Junior Year (1960-1961) homeroom teacher and chemistry teacher. One day in lab, Sister smelled something burning and then realized that it was MY hair which had caught fire from the Bunsen burner. Sister calmly came over, slapped my hair and extinguished the fire. With the trademark twinkle in her eye, she asked the class to be more careful in the future. I wonder how many other students she saved in her classes!
I have another memory of her leading the procession for the Funeral Mass for Sr. Mary Francis McDonald, O.P (a cousin) carrying the Dominican banner while wearing the Dominican habit - a true inspiration and reminder of her faithfulness to her calling. (By then Sister was one of the few Dominicans who continued to wear her habit daily.)
Sister organized the Mount Saint Mary Academy/High School Alumni Association and I currently have the honor of serving as its President. Every time the older alum get together some one asks, "How is Sr. Gertrude Mary?". She affected so many lives and we are grateful that she now sees her Savior face to face and is enjoying her eternal reward for a life well lived. May we all try to use her faithfulness as a model for our own.
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