Sister Mary K. King, I.H.M. (formerly Sister Mary Kevin), died March 28 in Camilla Hall, Malvern. She was 88 and in the 70th year of her religious life.
Born and raised in a large family in Most Blessed Sacrament Parish in Philadelphia, Mary was the daughter of Samuel and Grace (Donne) King. She attended Good Shepherd and Most Blessed Sacrament Elementary Schools followed by West Catholic Girls’ High School, from which she graduated in 1952.
Soon after she entered the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. She received her habit and her religious name, Sister Mary Kevin, in 1952 and pronounced her first vows in 1955.
From then to 2008, Sister Mary ministered as a classroom teacher in grades K through six.
She served at St. Anastasia, Newtown Square; Seven Dolors, Wyndmoor; Incarnation, Trenton; St Matthew, Philadelphia, Immaculado Corazon in Peru; St. Thomas More, Arlington; St. William, Philadelphia; Our Lady of Charity, Brookhaven; St. James, Savannah; Good Shepherd, Philadelphia; SS. Peter and Paul, Decatur and Queen of Peace, Ardsley.
After ministering as a full-time classroom instructor, Sister Mary provided religious enrichment for children in grades K through eight at St. Matthew in Forestville, Conn. from 2008 to 2012. Then, through September 2016, she served in the school office at St. Gabriel, Philadelphia.
Sister Mary went to Camilla Hall in October 2016 where she served in the Apostolate of Prayer and Assistance throughout Camilla Hall until her death.
She is survived by her brother Thomas J. King (Ann), her sisters-in-law Theresa (Francis X.), and Regina (Samuel) as well as her many nieces, nephews, grandnieces/nephews, and her I.H.M. community. She was predeceased by her parents, her sisters Margaret Hartley (Dyess) and Dorothy O’Hara (John), and her brothers James F. and Francis X.
The funeral Mass was celebrated April 4 by Father Herbert Sperger, who also preached the homily. Father John Berger, Msgr. William Lynn and Father Donald McNamara concelebrated.
Memorial donations may be sent to: Camilla Hall Nursing Home, IHM Mission Advancement Office, 230 IHM Drive, Malvern, PA 19355.
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