Family Name: Kate Nelson
Date of Birth: 1860
Father: John Nelson
Mother: Jane C. Marmion
Date of Entrance to Convent: Nov. 19, 1877 at Vicksburg
Date of Reception of Habit: May 24, 1878
Date of Perpetual vows: May 24, 1880
Date of Death: April 5, 1916 Buried at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Vicksburg, MS.
Cause of Death: Pneumonia
Sister Mary Borgia will be remembered as a music teacher in the catholic schools of Mississippi. Sisters always started an orchestra where she taught.
While the body of Sister mary Borgia was lying in the convent chapel, the body of Sister Mercedes Dobyns was placed beside her. THIS IS ONE OF THE RARE OCCASIONS WHEN FUNERAL SERVICES FOR TWO SISTERS OF MERCY WERE AS ONE.
News of the demise of Sister Borgia was received here with the deepest regret by many of the old friends of this good Sister. Death came Wednesday night to her at the Convent of Mercy in Vicksburg, where she had been ill only a short time.
Sister Borgia, just at the threshold of womanhood, and known and loved by many as “Kitty” Nelson, entered religious life, thirty-eight years ago, and during that long period devoutly served her God as she vowed to do as faithfully and conscientiously as possible for frail humanity to fulfill. Her beautiful love for the sisterhood and the work of the Lord was ever an inspiration to those about her, and new at the end she inherits the reward
promised those whose life is free to the cause of Christ.
Her sisters, Mrs. J.H. Lang and Mrs. J.S. Liversedge were called to her bedside during the first of the week, and the latter, with her nephew, Mr. Harry E. Nunn, of Gulfport, remained to the end. Her demise is a source of much sorrow in the Sisterhood of Mercy in this State and to her many relatives, all of who have the deepest sympathy of a large number of friends.
The death of Sister Mary Borgia, aged 57 [she was really only 56] years, occurred yesterday morning at the convent Sister Borgia came to Vicksburg from Pass Christian where she was greatly beloved in administering her duties at the convent. The funeral will take place at the convent this morning at 8:30 O’clock. Requiem high mass to be said by Rev. Father Mallin. The following gentlemen will serve as pall bearers: C.J. O’Neill, John Kearney, John Brunini, J.A. Hennessey, Steve Treanor, M.J. Mulvihill.