Sister Frances Miriam Spalding, OSU

Spalding, Frances MiriamMaple Mount — Sister Frances Miriam Spalding, 94, an Ursuline Sister of Mount Saint Joseph, died May 9 at Mount Saint Joseph, in her 73rd year of religious life. She was a native of Bardstown.

Sister Frances Miriam never slowed down and was always available to help anyone in need. She loved praying with her sisters, was devoted to St. Therese of Lisieux and thrilled to see the St. Louis Cardinals win one more World Series.

Most of her ministry occurred in Kentucky. Sister Frances Miriam taught at St. Francis of Assisi School from 1942-45 and was principal of St. Charles Elementary School from 1974-80, both in Marion County. She taught at Holy Trinity School in Fredericktown from 1951-54, and at Our Lady of Mercy School in Hodgenville, 1954-57. She taught at St. Joseph and Paul School, Owensboro, 1960-64, and St. Mary Magdalene School, Sorgho, 1980-81, and was principal at Immaculate School, Owensboro, from 1964-70. She was principal of St. Thomas More School in Paducah from 1970-74, a parish minister at St. William Church in Marion from 1985-96, as well as in Sturgis, Henshaw and Eddyville, and served in outreach ministry in Benton from 1996-2003. She was director of transportation at the Ursuline Motherhouse from 1981-85, and head of activities for retired sisters from 2003 until her retirement in 2007. She also taught in Missouri, first at St. Teresa School, Glennonville, from 1945-51, and then at Seven Holy Founders School, Affton, from 1957-60.

Survivors include nieces and nephews and the members of her religious community.

The funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Mount Saint Joseph, where visitation will begin Sunday at 4 p.m., with a wake service following at 6:30 p.m.

Glenn Funeral Home and Crematory, Owensboro, is in charge of arrangements.

Gifts in memory of Sister Frances Miriam may take the form of donations to the Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph, 8001 Cummings Road, Maple Mount, KY 42356.


  1. Tiffany

    Sr. Frances Miriam’s smile and laughter will always be two of my favorite memories from The Mount. I will miss her very much.

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