Sister Mary Grace was born in Boston as Carol Marie, daughter of Harold F. and Grace G. (Doherty) Noble. After graduating in 1951 from Our Lady of Presentation High School in Brighton, she entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. She graduated from Emmanuel College in Boston with a degree in Biology and Education. She received Master's degrees in Education from Boston State College, now UMass Boston, and in Gerontology from the University of St. Joseph in West Hartford.
Sister Mary Grace taught in several Notre Dame-affiliated elementary and junior high schools in the Boston area, including St. Mary School in the North End, St. Anthony School in Somerville and St. Augustine in South Boston. She was the principal and taught Biology at St. Mary High School in Cambridge. She was a teacher and assistant principal at St. Gregory School in Dorchester for five years before retiring from education in 1986, after which she focused her ministry on enhancing the quality of life for older members of her religious community.
She leaves a brother Paul G. Noble of Woburn, many nieces and nephews and her sisters in religion, the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. She was predeceased by her sister Grace T. Reed, and her brothers Harold F., Robert W. and Gerald J. Noble.
Sister Mary Grace died Monday, May 3, 2021 at the Notre Dame Long Term Care Center in Worcester, Mass., at age 87.
Sister Mary Grace's funeral was held on Wednesday, May 19, at St. Mary's Church in Shrewsbury, Mass. She is buried at Notre Dame du Lac Cemetery, Worcester, Mass.
Sister Mary Grace's Ministries
1954-56 East Boston, Mass.
1956-57 St. James School, Salem, Mass.
1956-58; St. Rose School, Newtown, Conn.
1958-59; Msgr. Patterson School, Boston, Mass.
1962-64 Julie Billiart School, Boston, Mass.
1964-68 St. Joseph School, Somerville, Mass.
1968-72 St. Augustine School, South Boston, Mass.