Sister Francis Paula Ford, S.S.J.

Sister of St. Joseph Francis Paula Ford, 99, died Sept. 13 at St. Joseph Villa in Flourtown.  She was in the 80th year of religious life.

A member of Holy Child Parish in Philadelphia, Sister Francis entered the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph in 1935 and professed her vows in 1938.

Sister Francis attended Holy Child Elementary School, John W. Hallahan High School and Villanova University.

She taught in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in several elementary schools and served at Hallahan High School. In 2007, she became a resident of St. Joseph Villa, where she remained until the time of her death.

Her funeral Mass was celebrated on Sept. 17 at St. Joseph Villa.

Sister Francis, the daughter of Francis J. Ford and Catherine Manion Ford, is predeceased by her brothers Francis Ford and Holy Ghost Father Paul Ford. She is survived by members of her SSJ community and several cousins.