In Memory

Sister Mary Gerard Ford, IHM

December 25, 1898 – October 14, 1987

Sister Mary Gerard Ford, IHM, of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, died on Wednesday, October 14, 1987 at the Marian Convent in Scranton, Pennsylvania, after an illness.

She was born on December 25, 1898, in Inkerman, Pennsylvania, and was the daughter of the late Michael and Alice Harkins Ford. She entered the IHM Congregation on July 2, 1923, received the religious habit on December 27, 1923, and made profession of her vows on August 15, 1925.

For most of her long career, Sister Mary Gerard taught at the junior high school level. She served as a teacher at the following schools: St. Mary Elementary School in Manhasset, NY; St. Peter of Alcantara School in Port Washington, NY; St. Ambrose School in Bridgeport, CT; Immaculate Conception Elementary School in Lock Haven, PA; as well as schools located in New York City, NY, and Exeter and Pittsburgh, PA.

Sister Mary Gerard served as school principal at the following schools: St. Mary of the Assumption Elementary School in Upper Marlboro, MD; St. Raymond Elementary School in Lynbrook, NY; and St. Charles Borromeo Elementary School in Sugar Notch, PA.

Before retiring to the Marian Convent in 1980, Sister Mary Gerard resided at St. Thomas Convent in Archbald, PA.

From 1980 until the time of her death, she served as a prayer minister at the Marian Convent.

She is preceded in death by five brothers, and four sisters.

She is survived by brother, Al of Pittston, PA, nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be Friday, October 16 with Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in the Marian Convent Chapel. Interment will follow at St. Catherine’s Cemetery, Moscow, Pennsylvania. Friends may call at the Marian Convent Thursday afternoon or evening.

Memorial contributions may be made to support the retired IHM Sisters c/o the IHM Sisters Retirement Fund, IHM Center, 2300 Adams Avenue, Scranton, PA 18509.

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