The Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth mourn the loss of Sister Marie Kelly (formerly Sister Xaveria), 94, who died peacefully on Friday, April 19, 2013 at Ross Hall, Mother House, Leavenworth, Kansas, having served the People of God as an SCL for 66 years.
Marie Therese Kelly was born on December 27, 1918 in Chicago, Ill., one of six children of William Gregory and Anne Marie Regan Kelly. She entered the religious community of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth on August 14, 1946 and, as Sister Xaveria, made her profession of vows on August 15, 1948. She later returned to the use of her baptismal name.
Sister Marie taught elementary school for several years, and worked in the business offices of hospitals in the SCL Health System for 14 years. In 1968, Sister Marie was elected Secretary General of the community, and for the next 24 years served in this capacity. She earned a B.A. in Theology from the University of Saint Mary, Leavenworth, Kan. Sister Marie retired to Ross Hall in 2006.
Survivors include nieces, nephews, friends, and her SCL Community.
A vigil will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 29 in Ross Chapel of the Sisters of Charity Mother House in Leavenworth, where friends may call after 4 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in Ross Chapel at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 30. Interment will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery on the Mother House grounds. Davis Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Retirement Fund, 4200 S 4th St., Leavenworth, KS 66048.