Mary P. "Patsy" Herman, a longtime Baltimore nurse whose career spanned more than 50 years, died Aug. 10 of uterine cancer at her Lake Walker home. She was 81.
"There was not a better person who walked the earth," said Kathleen G. "Kitty" Oursler, a friend of 76 years. "She loved her Catholic faith and lived it. She was a true saint and quite a person."
The daughter of Charles Lee, a stationary engineer at the Catholic Center, and Mary Lee, a pharmacy assistant, Mary Patricia Lee was born in Baltimore and raised on Highwood Drive in Lake Walker, where she spent the remainder of her life.
"We first met on the first day when we were in the first grade at St. Mary's Govans parochial school. I was crying because I was homesick and missed my mother," recalled Mrs. Oursler, who lives in Phoenix, Baltimore County.
"Patsy took my hand and assured me that 'everything will be all right.' She was very kind, and since that day, we've been best friends," she said. "And I was with her when she died. She couldn't talk, but knew I was there."