Sister Marita Patrick Devlin, I.H.M., died Nov. 15 in Camilla Hall, Immaculata. She was 91 and in the 73rd year of her religious life.
Born Mary Theresa Devlin, she was the daughter of Patrick and Mary (Taylor) Devlin. After attending St. Joseph School in Ashland, Pa. she went on to Immaculate Heart Academy in Fountain Springs, from which she graduated in 1947.
She entered the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in 1949 and received her habit and religious name, Sister Marita Patrick. She professed first vows in 1951.
She would go on to earn degrees from Immaculata College and Temple University.
Sister Marita taught in grade schools from 1951 to 1978 including Immaculate Conception School, Philadelphia; Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Bridgeport; Little Flower, McAdoo; Transfiguration of Our Lord, Philadelphia; St. Ann, Phoenixville; St. Stephen, Port Carbon; St. Joan of Arc, St. Veronica, St. Joachim, St. Thomas Aquinas and Holy Innocents all in Philadelphia; and St. Matthew School in Connecticut.
She also taught at Immaculate Heart High School in Fountain Springs, Pa.; Bishop Conwell High School, Levittown and St. Maria Goretti High School, Philadelphia.
Sister Marita served in clerical roles at Camilla Hall, St. Hubert High School, St. Anselm School in Philadelphia and Villa Maria House of Studies, Malvern, until entering the Apostolate of Prayer in 2005 at Camilla Hall where she served until her death.
In addition to her I.H.M. community, Sister Marita is survived by her nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. She was predeceased by her parents, her sister Bernadette Farley and her brothers Vincent P. and Edward G. Devlin.
The funeral Mass was celebrated Nov. 19 at Camilla Hall by Vincentian Father Michael Callaghan, who was also the homilist, and by Father John Burger.
Memorial donations may be sent to Camilla Hall Nursing Home, IHM Mission Advancement Office, 230 IHM Drive, Malvern, PA 19355.
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