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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 48, Spokane WA 99210
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the Inland Register

(From the Jan. 18, 2001 edition of the Inland Register)

Sister Mary Verda (Ava) Stein SNJM

Sister Mary Verda Stein of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary died Jan. 2, 2001 in Spokane at age 92.

The funeral Mass was celebrated Jan. 5. The vigil was the evening before. Both took place in the chapel of the Convent of the Holy Names in Spokane.

Sister Mary Verda was born in Seattle and attended school there. She entered the Holy Names novitiate at Marylhurst, Ore., in 1926 and made vows in 1928.

She held degrees from Marylhurst Normal and Holy Names College. She also engaged in post-graduate work at Seattle University and Gonzaga University.

Many of her years were spent as a primary school teacher in Washington State, including the Diocese of Spokane. She returned to Spokane in 1988 to assist with her community. Ill health forced her retirement to the convent care center in 1998.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of the Holy Names Retirement Fund, 2911 W. Fort Wright Dr., Spokane, WA 99224.

Sister M. Corinne (Ella) Lawrie SSND

Sister M. Corinne Lawrie of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, 94, died Jan. 4 at Good Counsel Provincial House, Mankato, Minn.

The funeral Mass was celebrated Jan. 8; community vespers were prayed for her the evening before.

She was born in Indianapolis, Ind., and spent most of her growing-up years there, educated for 12 years by the Sisters of St. Joseph. She worked in various business positions following high school until entering her community in 1930. She made her first profession three years later.

She spent many years teaching, including 23 years in the Spokane Diocese in Omak, Chewelah, Clarkston, and at the now-closed Marycliff High School in Spokane.

She retired to the Provincial House in 1993.

Sister Lawrence (Lawrence of Jesus) Crowley SP

Providence Sister Lawrence Crowley died Jan. 9 at Mount St. Joseph, Spokane. She was 87 years old and had been a Providence Sister for 68 years.

The vigil service was Jan. 11. The funeral Mass was celebrated the next morning. Both took place at Mount St. Joseph. Burial was at Holy Cross Cemetery.

An Idaho native, she graduated from St. Vincent Academy, Walla Walla, in 1931 and the following January entered the Providence novitiate in Seattle. She professed final vows in 1936.

Most of her ministry was in the field of education, as both administrator and teacher in various schools in the Western United States, including St. Joseph Academy, Sprague, in the Spokane Diocese.

She was her community’s directress of studies and vocations director from 1958-64, and served 25 years at the College (now University) of Great Falls in the Office of Institutional Advancement and on the administrative council.

She retired to Mt. St. Joseph in 1999.

Memorials may be made to the Sister Lawrence Crowley Endowment Scholarship, University of Great Falls, 1301 20th St. South, Great Falls, MT 59405.

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