Sister Elizabeth Haley, a former principal and religious education director at several area Catholic schools, died of pneumonia Monday at St. Joseph Medical Center. She was 90.
She was born and raised in Washington, and was one of the first candidates to enter the newly established novitiate of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur at Ilchester in Howard County in 1934.
She professed her vows in 1936, taking the name Sister Aloyse Marie, but later returned to her birth name. She earned a bachelor's degree from Trinity College, a master's in education and administration from Catholic University in 1957, and a master's in theology from Villanova University in 1971.
From 1936 to 1962, she had a variety of assignments that included serving as principal at St. Mary's School and Julie Billiart Day School, both in Ilchester, and of the lower school at Maryvale Preparatory School for Girls in Brooklandville.
In the 1970s, she was director of religious education at Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church in Glen Burnie and Our Lady of the Fields in Millersville. From 1981 to 1986, she was treasurer of her order's Maryland Province, and for six years until retiring in 1994 she was bookkeeper at the Villa Julie College infirmary.
A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 7 p.m. today at her order's home at 1531 Greenspring Valley Road, Stevenson.
Surviving are a brother, Joseph Haley of Sequim, Wash.; a sister, Eloise Hurney of Washington, D.C.; and six nephews.