Sister Clarita Gibson, Sister of Mercy

Sister Mary Clarita Gibson, a Sister of Mercy who worked in orphanages and schools, died June 9 at her order's retirement home, the Villa, in the Pinehurst section of Baltimore County. She was 84.

Sister Irene Callahan, a member of the religious order, said no cause of death has been determined.

Born Clara Dobbin Gibson in Baltimore, she was the daughter of Howard Dobbin Gibson and Doris Hoppersett. The family resided on Loch Raven Boulevard. She attended the old St. Bernard School in Waverly and was a graduate of the Mount de Sales Academy of the Visitation in Catonsville.

In 1949, she entered the Religious Sisters of Mercy at Mount Washington. She was given the name Mary Clarita.

In her 63 years in the order, she worked at the old St. Vincent Male Orphanage, Mount Saint Agnes College and Long Crandon, the retired Roman Catholic priests' residence near Timonium.

At the end of her life, she gardened extensively at the sisters' retirement home. She assisted the older sisters by driving them to appointments.

Her ashes will be scattered in the garden on the Villa grounds, where she spent her time.

A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday at The Villa, 6806 Bellona Ave.

Survivors include a sister, Merry Carol VanSant of San Diego.

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