Sister Jean Gertrude Mudd, OSU – Aug. 21, 1921 – Oct. 13, 2013

Sr Jean Gertrude Mudd

Maple Mount — Sister Jean Gertrude Mudd, 92, an Ursuline Sister of Mount Saint Joseph, died Oct. 13, 2013, at Mount Saint Joseph, in her 72nd year of religious life. She was a native of Fredericktown, Ky.

An educator for 49 years, Sister Jean Gertrude was “little but mighty” and found inventive ways to encourage her young students to learn. She began making beautiful quilts in 1996 and continued until her retirement.

She taught in Kentucky at St. James School, Louisville (1943-51), St. Bernard School, Clementsville (1951-54), St. Catherine School, New Haven (1964-67), Sts. Joseph and Paul School, Owensboro (1967-73) and was a reading tutor at St. Angela Educational Center, Louisville (1973-80, 1984-96). She taught at St. Teresa School, Glennonville, Mo., (1954-60), St. Benedict School, Nebraska City, Neb. (1960-63) and St. Joseph School, Paul, Neb., (1963-64.). She also served in health care at Mount Saint Joseph (1980-84).

Survivors include two sisters, Geneva Mudd, Springfield, Ky., and Gertrude Nally, Bardstown, Ky.; three brothers, Thomas Mudd and Joseph A. Mudd, Springfield, and Bernard Mudd, Bardstown; nieces and nephews, and the members of her religious community.

The funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Mount Saint Joseph, where visitation will begin Wednesday 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 Jean Gertrude may take the form of donations to the Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph, 8001 Cummings Road, Maple Mount, KY 42356.


  1. Brbara Gallander

    I remember this beautiful lady who was my Aunt. She showed her love for God by giving of herself and her talents to so many. I wander how many people adorn their homes with the beautiful quilts she so carefully and meticulously stitched. I wish I could calculate how many lives she touched with the work of her “hands”. I liked the “little but mighty” phrase. For to me, she had a giant and giving heart. She was dedicated and content in her life choices and I never heard her complain of her tasks at hand. I admired that she loved what she did and I believe that she wanted everyone to share in her joy. I wander how many students she taught. Even though she never taught in a classroom setting, she will always be one of my role models, she taught by example. I will think of her when the autumn leaves change their color, she loved the scenery from Louisville to Elizabethtown, Kentucky. Shortly after she moved to the Mount, she and I spoke of her room and the view she had from her window. At the time, I thought it sounded sad but when she clarified what she felt…it gave me peace. She told me that she could see her final resting place from her room and it was a pretty spot. She was at peace with her life, I wander how many can say that about their lives.

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