Catholic Diocese of Spokane, Washington
Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane
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the Inland Register
(From the July 6, 2006 edition of the Inland Register)
Providence Sister Simonne Bégin, 87, died June 25 at Mount St. Joseph, Spokane. She had been a Sister of Providence for 65 years.
The vigil service was Friday, June 30; the funeral Mass, July 1. Both were at Mount St. Joseph.
She was born in Quebec, Canada, where she received her early schooling, and entered the Providence novitiate in Montreal in 1941. She professed her first vows in 1942 and final vows in 1945.
Sister Simonne was a registered nurse; she trained at St. Patrick Hospital School of Nursing in Missoula, Mont., and held a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the College (now university) of Great Falls. In addition, she studied administration at St. Louis University, St. Louis, Mo.
She ministered in health care for many years, in many different locations throughout the West, including Sacred Heart Medical Center and Holy Family Hospital, Spokane; Kahn Hoa General Hospital, Wha Trang, Vietnam; and Providence Hospital, Wallace, Idaho.
In the Spokane Diocese, she also worked with boarding students at St. Joseph Academy, Sprague.
In the early 1980s, she established a health care clinic for migrant farmer workers and their families in Nash County, N.C.
Donations in her memory may be made to support the ministries of the Providence Sisters, sent to: Sisters of Providence, Office of Development, 9 E. 8th Ave., Spokane, WA 99202-1209.