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Sister Mary Jerome (Theresa) Gordon

June 26, 1890 - September 28, 1987   |   Passed On

Sister Mary Jerome was born on a farm near Manila, Iowa. When she was 11, both parents died within a month of each other, and the surviving family, except for her oldest brother and youngest sister, came to St. Vincent Home in Davenport, Iowa. After she completed the eighth grade, she worked for board and room and went to high school in rural Adair, Iowa. Wanting to be a teacher, she passed the teacher's examination and began teaching near Montpelier, Iowa, helping at St. Vincent's on the weekends.

After she joined the Congregation of the Humility of Mary in 1909, she finished high school and earned her college degree through summer school and correspondence courses.

She taught upper grades and commercial subjects in high school, then in later years, was librarian. Sister Jerome had a remarkable sense of humor, loved people, disliked routine and enjoyed travel.

She was devoted to prayer, especially the Eucharist, the rosary and religious hymns. She died at age 97, the oldest sister in the community at that time.


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Pius X, Rock Island, IL

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Humility of Mary Center, Davenport