Famous nun, serigraph artist, designer of the first "LOVE" postage stamp. She was a product of the Catholic school system. Born Frances Kent, she took the name Sister Mary Corita on becoming a Nun in the Order of Immaculate Heart of Mary and then assumed the name Corita Kent upon leaving the order to pursue a secular life. Sister Corita's talent and art classes became well-known during her teaching career at Immaculate Heart College in Los Angeles, where she turned to the silk-screen process in 1950. She became a symbol of the modern nun. Sister Mary and her order became a target of conservative Catholics, eventually prompting her to return to private life after more than 30 years as a nun. She moved to Boston in December of 1968 and opened an art gallery. She died of cancer and bequeathed the bulk of her estate to The Immaculate Heart College, now a private school with no affiliation to the church.
She was cremated historic Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Massachusetts. According to Mount Auburn, her ashes were returned to the funeral home, not scattered at their cemetery. (bio by: Paul S.)
Cremated, Location of ashes is unknown.
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Record added: Jan 30, 2003
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