Sister Patricia “Pat” Kimball, (formerly Sister M. Philomene), CDP, entered eternal life on July 1, 2020 at the age of 84. She was born on March 27, 1936, in Alexandria, Louisiana, the only child of Bryan E. and Emily (Normand) Kimball. She answered God’s call to become a Sister of Divine Providence (CDP) on January 2, 1954 and professed first vows on June 22, 1956. Her entire life was filled with the Sisters of Divine Providence. Her life’s work was to praise God through the ministry of music.
Sister Pat was educated by the CDPs grades 1 through 12 at Providence Academy in Alexandria, Louisiana. Her time with the Sisters extended after school hours with piano practices and camaraderie. After her entrance into the Congregation of the Divine Providence she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas and her Masters in Music Education from the University of Louisiana in Lafayette, Louisiana. She taught voice, piano and organ over a span of 61 years: 48 years in Louisiana that included 39 years at Our Lady of Prompt Succor School in Alexandria, Louisiana, 11 years in Texas that included six at Providence High School in San Antonio, Texas and two years in Oklahoma.
Sister Pat considered it a joy to make music for the Lord. She loved to sing. Her long-lasting relationship with her former students were indicative of her compassionate heart and empathy. Although a strict music teacher about daily practice and homework, she had a keen sense about her students. If troubled on a certain day, her listening ear, kindness and understanding took precedence over the lesson. The heavens now rejoice with their new resident angel!
She is preceded in death by her parents, Bryan E. and Emily (Normand) Kimball. She is survived by a number of cousins and her Sisters of Divine Providence.
Due to the circumstances surrounding COVID-19, all services are pending.
In lieu of flowers, you may wish to make a memorial contribution to the Sisters of Divine Providence, 515 S.W. 24th Street, San Antonio, Texas 78207-4619.