Sister Mary Grace Barton, 84: Dedicated teacher at Catherine McAuley

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PORTLAND — Sister Mary Grace (Joyce) Barton, 84, a Sister of Mercy of the Americas, died Nov. 18 at Maine Medical Center after a sudden illness.

She was born in Bangor and attended local schools.

After receiving a bachelor’s degree from St. Joseph’s College in Standish, she pursued her master’s degree, graduating from Notre Dame University in Indiana.

In 1944 she entered the Sisters of Mercy.

Two years later she began her elementary school teaching career and taught in many parochial schools in Maine over the years, including several in  Portland, Mechanic Falls, Fairfield and Biddeford.

In 1966, she began teaching business courses at the high school level at Cathedral High School in Portland. Three years later she began her 40-year tenure at Catherine McAuley High School in Portland.

For 40 years, she looked forward to her ministry at McAuley, enjoying the students, staff and families.

After retiring from the classroom, she wanted to continue working in the school’s business office.

She was predeceased by her brother Walter R. Barton.

She is survived by her brother, Charles R. Barton of Bangor, and two sisters, Barbara A. Dufour and Philip of Camden and Constance M. Soucy and Donald of Bangor; several nieces and nephews; and her Sisters in community.

Visiting hours were held Sunday.

A con-celebrated Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday.

Arrangements are by the Conroy-Tully Crawford Funeral Home, 172 State Street, Portland.

Memorial donations may be sent to Catherine McAuley High School, Advancement Office, 631 Stevens Ave., Portland, ME 04103.