Catholic Diocese of Spokane, Washington

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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 48, Spokane WA 99210
(509) 358-7340; FAX: (509) 358-7302


the Inland Register

(From the Oct. 26, 2006 edition of the Inland Register)

Sister Marie Emmeline Ladd SP

Sister Marie Emmeline (Lois Francine) Ladd of the Sisters of Providence died Oct. 4 after 60 years as a member of her Religious community. She was 79 years old.

The vigil was held Oct. 8; the funeral Mass, Oct. 9, both at Mount St. Joseph, Spokane. Burial was at Holy Cross Cemetery, Spokane

Sister Emmeline was born in Kellogg, Idaho. Her family moved to San Diego for a few years before returning to Kellogg, where she graduated from high school in 1945. The following year she entered the Providence novitiate in Seattle. She professed final vows in 1951.

Sister Marie Emmeline was a registered nurse, and held a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Seattle Univrsity and a certificate in nurse-midwifery from the Catholic Maternity Institute in Santa Fe, N.M.

She served many years as a nurse, a midwife, and a missionary. Among her assignments were St. Ignatius Hospital (now Whitman Community Hospital) in Colfax, Wash., Sacred Heart Hospital (now Medical Center), Spokane, and the Columbia Basin Health Association in Othello. In Alexandria, Egypt, she was involved in missionary preparation and missionary work for two years.

During her ministry, she estimated she delivered more than 1,000 babies, with no maternal deaths, and only two infant deaths in early days following birth.

She retired in 1995.

Donations in her memory, to support the ministries of the Sisters of Providence, may be sent to: Sisters of Providence, Office of Development, 9 E. 9th Ave., Spokane, WA 99202-1209.

John P. Moloney Sr.

John Moloney Sr., long-time Spokane leader in business and Catholic organizations, died Oct. 10. He was 86 years old.

The vigil was Oct. 15; the funeral Mass, Oct. 16, both at St. Augustine Church. Burial was at Holy Cross Cemetery.

He was born in Spokane and attended St. Augustine School, Gonzaga High, and Gonzaga University, as well as the University of Washington School of Law. He served in the Navy during World War II as commander of a minesweeper and, later, as a fighter bomber pilot.

He started his own insurance company with his friend Bob O’Neill in 1947.

His various activities on behalf of the Catholic Church included chairing the “With Grateful Hearts” campaign to support priests’ retirement; on the Boards of Catholic Charities, the St. Vincent de Paul Society, St. Anne Children’s Home, and St. Margaret Hall; and president of the Spokane Serra Club.

He also enjoyed membership in the Knights of Columbus.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Geneva; nine children; 30 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and his two brothers and three sisters.

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