Sister Marie Saint Paul Alspaugh died at Saint Joseph Villa on August 18, 2018. Her funeral followed on August 21st. Sister had been a resident since 2013.
Sarah Anne Alspaugh , Sally, was the second of six children born to Howard and Henrietta Alspaugh. The Alspaugh family lived on a farm outside Winston-Salem, North Carolina, enjoying home-grown fruits, vegetables and meats. The extended Alspaugh clan held annual reunions with lots of food, reciting and singing songs, concluding these yearly get-togethers with a favorite of her father’s, “Faith of Our Fathers.”
In 1943, at the request of Bishop Eugene McGuinness, Mother Mary Berchmans, one of the three sisters of the Bishop, all members of the Sisters of Saint Joseph, opened a mission in the Diocese of Raleigh where Sister Marie and her siblings first met the Sisters of Saint Joseph. Educated in public school, the children received their Catholic education in Winston-Salem.
Sally graduated from high school in 1951, and in 1952, after more than a year’s contemplation, she entered the Sisters of Saint Joseph, becoming the first vocation to the Sisters of Saint Joseph from North Carolina. She would later be joined by another sister, Sister Marie Elizabeth.
Sister Marie served in the dioceses of Charlotte, Raleigh, Harrisburg, Arlington, and the archdioceses of Philadelphia and Washington. She counted 59 years of ministry as teacher, principal, pastoral associate, case/house manager and sacristan. She was admired by co-workers and sisters for her ability to relate to people.
Marie always served others with great love, and was a valued member of many local communities, residing at Mount Saint Joseph Convent before becoming a resident at Saint Joseph Villa. Friends and sisters alike noted her faithful, compassionate and supportive spirit, as well as her good sense of humor.
Marie loved all things Carolina: sports, Carolina blue, Southern food, family, friends. We send off this Southern belle to join her loving God and her beloved parents and siblings.