Holy Child Jesus Sister Mary Joel Scully died Sept. 9. She was 91.

Born in Portland on Dec. 20, 1921, Sister Mary Joel was the daughter of Verone (McIntyre) and Francis Scully. She attended Holy Child Academy, for both elementary and high school, and entered the Society of the Holy Child Jesus, professing her final vows in 1952.

After earning an undergraduate degree in education from Villanova University, Sister Mary Joel began her teaching career in Pennsylvania, New York and California, before coming to Portland in 1970 where she taught remedial reading at St. Charles School. Next, she was an English tutor at Pasadena City College. After 34 years as an educator, she retired.

Sister Mary Joel is survived by her brother Francis (Bud) Scully Jr., and several nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated at Assumption Church, Pasadena. Memorial donations can be made to Society of the Holy Child Jesus, 1341 Montgomery Avenue, Rosemont, PA 19010.