Maple Mount — Sister Marie Brenda Vowels, 92, an Ursuline Sister of Mount Saint Joseph, died Friday, July 27, 2018, at Mount Saint Joseph, in her 73rd year of religious life. She was a native of Louisville.
Sister Marie Brenda was a teacher or principal for 31 years, then spent another 17 years as a parish minister. She loved all her ministries, but was most fond of the 30 years she spent teaching and ministering to Native Americans in New Mexico.
In Kentucky, she taught at St. Romuald School, Hardinsburg (1947-49), St. William School, Knottsville (1949-54), St. Charles School, Lebanon (1954-56), St. Anthony School, Axtel (1956-58), St. Catherine School, New Haven (1963-64), St. Thomas More School, Paducah (1964-66), and St. Martin School, Flaherty (1974-75), and was principal of St. Andrew School, Harrodsburg (1970-73) and Precious Blood School, Owensboro (1973-74).
In New Mexico, she taught at St. Joseph School, San Fidel (1959-63), and was principal there from 1975-78; taught at St. Teresa School, Grants (1966-70) and was parish minister at St. Teresa Parish (1993-95); taught at Sacred Heart School, Farmington (1958-59); served as parish minister at San Estevan Indian Mission, Acoma (1978-86, 1989-91), at St. John the Baptist Parish, San Juan Pueblo (1986-89), and at St. John the Evangelist, Houck, Ariz. (1991-93). She was director of religious education for the St. Anthony Indian Mission, Zuni (1997-98).
She also ministered in outreach in Benton, Ky. (1995-97), and served at the Motherhouse in the Post Office (1975) and as an information receptionist (1999-2009).
Survivors include a sister, Barbara Whelan of Louisville; nieces and nephews and the members of her religious community.
The funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 31, at Mount Saint Joseph, where visitation will begin Monday at 4 p.m., with a wake service following at 6:30 p.m.
Glenn Funeral Home and Crematorium, Owensboro, is handling arrangements.
Donations in memory of Sister Marie Brenda may be made to the Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph, 8001 Cummings Road, Maple Mount, KY 42356.