Sister Patricia Marie, baptized Dorothy Marie, was born in Kansas City, Missouri. She was received into the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in 1943. She received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Fontbonne College in 1954 and a master’s degree in mathematics from St. Louis University in 1963.
Sister Patricia served all of her active ministry in education. She began teaching in the Archdiocese of St. Louis, Missouri, at St. Patrick Grade School (1945-46; 1948-50); Our Lady of the Presentation (1946-48); Immaculate Conception Grade School (1950-53); and St. Rita Grade School (1953-54).
She taught on the secondary level at Redemptorist High School in Kansas City (1954-1956) and at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Florissant, Missouri (1956-57). Sister Patricia taught her last years on the elementary level at Most Blessed Sacrament Grade School in St. Louis (1957-61) in St. Louis.
In 1961, Sister Patricia transitioned to higher education and taught at Fontbonne University until 1964. Following this, she served as the dean of Avila College in Kansas City (1964-70).
Carrying out the original missions of the founding sisters, Sister Patricia served the next 34 years at St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf. She taught from 1971 to 1990 and moved into semi-retirement, serving as the afternoon receptionist until 2005.
Sister retired to Nazareth Living Center in 2005 and, in 2011, moved to Cut Bank, Montana, where she volunteers.