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 June 14, 2007 edition of the Inland Register)

Sister Margaret (M. Patricia Eileen) McBride SNJM

Holy Names Sister Margaret McBride died May 24 at the age of 84.

The funeral Mass was celebrated May 29 at the Convent of the Holy Names in Spokane.

She was born on the Fourth of July in Seattle, where she graduated from Holy Names Academy Elementary and Secondary Schools. She entered the Holy Names community in 1940, and later earned a bachelorís degree in education from Marylhurst and Holy Names colleges.

She taught in primary and middle grades in Oregon and Washington from 1942-87. She also taught religious vacation schools, particularly in Alaska, and hosted Elderhostel sessions.

After her retirement, Sister Margaret continued to be an active volunteer in ministry.

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

Sister Francis Marie (Theresa Grace) Illa SSND

Sister Francis Marie Illa, a member of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, died May 26 at Good Counsel Convent, Makato, Minn. She was 81 years old; she had been a member of her Religious community for over 60 years.

Vespers were prayed for her May 30, and her funeral Mass was celebrated the next day.

She was born in Miesville, Minn., and attended weekly catechism classes, as well as summer classes taught by the School sisters of Notre Dame. In September 1940 she became a sophomore aspirant at Good Counsel. In 1943, she and her sister, Irene, entered candidature in Mankato. She entered the novitiate in 1945, and professed vows in 1946.

She taught in junior and senior high schools in the Midwest and in Washington, including Notre Dame Academy in Colton and Marycliff High School, Spokane. She also served as principal.

She held a bachelorís degree in English and History from the College of St. Catherine, St. Paul, and a masterís degree in sociology from Gonzaga University, Spokane. For several years, she taught sociology classes during summer sessions on the Mankato Campus ofMount Mary College.

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