Sister Mary Kelliher, BVM (Maurita)

July 22, 1927 - April 14, 2017

Sister Mary Kelliher, BVM (Maurita), 89, died April 14, 2017, at Marian Hall in Dubuque, Iowa. Burial is in Mount Carmel cemetery, Dubuque.

In the Archdiocese of Denver, Sister Mary ministered in religious education at St. Catherine of Sienna in Denver, Colo. She taught elementary and secondary school in Lincoln, Neb.; Butte, Mont.; Chicago; Petaluma, Calif.; and Des Moines and Council Bluffs, Iowa. She was religious education coordinator in Gillette, Wyo. She served in parish ministry in Green River, Wyo., and in Hispanic ministry in Casper, Wyo.; Kankakee, Ill.; and Solola, Guatemala.

She was born in Casper, Wyo., on July 22, 1927, to Maurice and Mary E. Mahoney Kelliher. She entered the BVM congregation Sept. 8, 1948, from St. Anthony Parish, Casper. She professed first vows on March 19, 1951, and final vows on Aug. 15, 1956.

She was preceded in death by her parents and sister Rosaleen Webster. She is survived by sisters Rita Rochelle and Patricia Tripeny, both of Casper, Wyo.; nieces; nephews; and the Sisters of Charity, BVM, with whom she shared life for 68 years.

Memorials may be given to the Sisters of Charity, BVM Support Fund, 1100 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, Iowa 52003, or online at