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Sister Mary Aurea Kimball, teacher, dies

Sister Mary Aurea Kimball, who taught in parochial schools for four decades, died of a stroke April 15 at her order's Villa Maria Health Care Center in Woodbrook. She was 82.

Rose Marie Kimball was born in Annapolis and grew up on a farm outside the capital. She attended St. Mary's School and entered the School Sisters of Notre Dame. She received the religious name Mary Aurea and professed her first vows in 1950.

She earned a bachelor's degree in education from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland and had a master's degree from Seton Hall University in South Orange, N.J.

Sister Aurea's first teaching post was at St. Mark's School in Catonsville, where she taught from 1950 to 1965. She also taught junior high at Sacred Heart of Jesus in Highlandtown and at St. Matthew in Northwood. In 1971, she became principal and teacher at St. Patrick in Havre de Grace. She was also an administrator of a retreat house.

After teaching English at Notre Dame Preparatory School in Towson from 1975 to 1977, Sister Aurea went into ministry in White River, S.D., for 16 years. She assisted Native Americans in the White River public school system and later conducted a pastoral ministry at St. Francis Mission in White River.

In 1993, she moved to Talofofo, Guam, where she taught at Notre Dame High School for two years.

She returned to Baltimore in 1995 to teach language arts at St. Clare School in Essex. She retired in 2008 and lived at Villa Assumpta in North Baltimore.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered April 19 in Baltimore.

Survivors include three sisters, Louise Barkanic of Annapolis, Patricia Durner of Churchton and Geraldine Littlehales of the Virgin Islands.

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