Sr. Ann Maureen King, 2009

Sister Ann Maureen King, a Sister of Notre Dame de Namur for 80 years, was born on February 28, 1912 in Vallejo, California, and died on November 13, 2009 in Oakland, CA.

Growing up in Alameda, she graduated from Notre Dame Academy and, following in the footsteps of her beloved sister, Mary Wilma, entered the Sisters of Notre Dame in 1929. Sr. Ann Maureen described her life as a long and blessed journey.

Sister began her nearly 50-year teaching journey with first graders at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School in Redwood City. Completing both a BA and MA in English, countless students received the gift of her vocation as she taught and administered at Notre Dame schools in Redwood City, San Francisco, Belmont, San Carlos, Alameda, Marysville, Honolulu, Salinas and San Jose.  She also served as pastoral minister at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel and as librarian at College of Notre Dame.

Observing that “when you retire, you retire to something else,” Sr. Ann Maureen filled her post-teaching years by helping to computerize the library at College of Notre Dame, assisting with the Sisters’ archives, and memorizing something new each day to keep her very alert mind active. She helped as a receptionist at Notre Dame Province Center until age 97 when she did indeed retire to Mercy Retirement and Care Center in Oakland for the final months of her life.

Sr. Ann Maureen is the daughter of the late William and Rose King, and sister of the late Sr. Mary Wilma King, SND, Louise, and Wilma (also deceased). Sister Ann Maureen is lovingly remembered by her cousins June Comer and Edward Simmen Tolex, numerous students and friends, as well as her community, the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur.