Sister Anita Rose Grimes


Sister Anita Rose Grimes (Sister Mary Anita Rose), 94, died Thursday, Aug. 20, 2009, at Genesis East Medical Center, Davenport.

Visitation will be at the Humility of Mary Center, Magnificat Chapel, 820 W. Central Park Ave. in Davenport on Tuesday, Aug. 25, 4–7 p.m. with a rosary at 4 p.m. and vigil service at 7 p.m.  A Mass of Christian burial will be at 11a.m.  Wednesday, Aug. 26, at the Humility of Mary Center. Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Davenport. Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home in Davenport is assisting with arrangements.

Catherine Anne Grimes was born June 7, 1915, in Parnell, a daughter of James Grimes and Margaret (Daley) Grimes. She entered the Congregation of the Humility of Mary on June 27, 1932, and professed vows on Aug. 1, 1935. She attended Ottumwa Heights College in Ottumwa, where she received an AA in elementary education and went on to receive a BA in education from St. Ambrose University in Davenport. She pursued further studies in music at Marycrest College, Davenport; De Paul University, Chicago; Marquette University, Milwaukee; and the University of Iowa, Iowa City.

Sr. Grime’s teaching career in music spanned a 50-year period from 1935-1985. She taught music in Iowa Catholic elementary schools in Ottumwa, Des Moines, Marshalltown, Neola and Centerville and also in Rock Island, Ill. She taught music in Iowa Catholic high schools in Ottumwa, Marshalltown, LeMars and Fort Madison. After her teaching career Sr. Grimes retired in 1985 at the Humility of Mary Center and engaged in volunteer office work at Assumption High School in Davenport for 13 years.


She was preceded in death by her parents and her brothers, James and Ralph. She is survived by many cousins, nieces and nephews as well as by Humility of Mary Sisters and associates.

Memorials may be made to the Sisters of Humility.

Online remembrances and condolences may be expressed by visiting Sister’s obituary at


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