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Sister Marie Barbara Buckley, SND

August 14, 2015

Notre Dame Sister Marie Barbara Buckley, 100 years old and a Sister of Notre Dame de Namur for 76 years, died June 25.

Born in Coalinga, the youngest of six children, “Kathleen Buckley was a very independent, self-described ‘tomboy’ who intended to be a cowboy or a pilot when she grew up,” the Sisters of Notre Dame said in a statement.

She entered the Notre Dame Sisters after graduating Notre Dame High School, San Francisco later earning degrees in history and English from San Francisco State and The Catholic University of America.

“Sister enjoyed teaching all boys at Mission Dolores and all girls at her alma mater,” the sisters said. “Sister Marie Barbara loved teaching and was always generous in working with students who needed extra help.”

Survivors include nieces Terri Brady, Mary Alves and Kathleen DaVilla and nephews Jesuit Fathers Thomas Buckley and Michael Buckley, Christian Brother Chris Brady, Phil Brady and Tom Brady.

A funeral Mass was celebrated July 17 at Notre Dame Province Center in Belmont with interment in Santa Clara Mission Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, 1520 Ralston Ave., Belmont 94002.


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