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the Inland Register
(From the Dec. 17, 2009 edition of the Inland Register)
Providence Sister Pauline Higgins died Dec. 5 at St. Joseph Residence, Seattle, at 95 years of age, after 76 years as a Sister of Providence.
The vigil was held Dec. 9 in the Chapel at St. Joseph Residence. The funeral Mass was celebrated there the next morning, with burial following at Calvary Cemetery, Seattle.
Pauline and her twin brother, Paul, were born on March 13, 1914 in Sunnyside, Wash. The family moved within Washington State from Sunnyside, to Yakima Valley and on to Toppenish, where he shared produce and consulted with other farmers.
She graduated in 1932 from St. Joseph Academy, Yakima, Wash., and entered the novitiate of the Sisters of Providence in Seattle in 1933.
In 1938, she completed her Bachelorís Degree at St. Catherine College, St. Paul, Minn., specializing in Language and English, plus Home Economics. In 1946, she earned a Masterís Degree in Philosophy at Seattle University, and in 1946, a Masterís Degree in Latin from the University of Washington.
Her first ministry assignment was teaching seventh grade at Providence Academy in Vancouver, Wash. She taught a variety of subjects or served as assistant librarian or debate coach in the following high schools: Providence Academy, Vancouver; St. Joseph Academy, Yakima; St. Patrick High School, Walla Walla, Wash.; Kennedy High School, Seattle; Providence High School, Burbank, Calif.; and Monroe High School, Fairbanks, Alaska and surrounding villages.
In addition, in the 1950s she taught philosophy courses at the College (now University) of Great Falls, Montana, for three consecutive summers.
In 1999 she published a book that included her experiences teaching in the Alaksan bush, Providence in Alaska: Sisters of Providence Education Ministry in Alaska, 1902-1978.
Her other ministry assignments included formation team member, vocation director, candidate director, and Eucharistic minister for parish shut-ins.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of Providence Retirement Fund, 1801 Lind Ave. S.W., #9016, Renton, WA 98057-9016.