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 Feb. 25, 2010 edition of the Inland Register)

Yvonne Elizabeth Lyons

Yvonne E. Lyons, mother of Jesuit Father Robert Lyons, passed away Feb. 6 in Spokane.

The vigil was Feb. 14 in Jesuit House Chapel on the campus of Gonzaga University in Spokane. The funeral Mass was celebrated the next day at Our Lady of Fatima Church, Spokane. Interment followed the Mass, at Holy Cross Cemetery, Spokane.

She was born in Whitefish, Mont., in 1914. After her family moved to Spokane, she attended St. Francis of Assisi School, and graduated from North Central High School in 1932.

In 1937, she married Robert V. Lyons, her grade school sweetheart. During World War II, she worked as an operator for the telephone company. When two children came along, she dedicated her time to providing a home for her family.

Yvonne was very active and involved in the St. Aloysius Grade School Home and School Association and participated in and, more than once, helped organize annual bazaars and school activities. She encouraged her children to participate in school and outside activities, and was a Cub Scout Den Mother as well as helping with Blue Bird and Camp Fire Girls’ projects. She was also a long-time member of Philomathea, the Greater Gonzaga Guild and the Jesuit Auxiliary.

Yvonne was preceded in death by her husband, in 2008, and sisters Venice Bye and Rita Vosholler, both of Spokane. She is survived by her son, Father Robert Lyons, Spokane; daughter Eileen E. Lyons, North Pole, Alaska; and brother Darrell Waller, Liberty Lake, Wash.

In lieu of flowers, gifts can be given to her charities: Gonzaga Preparatory School, Gonzaga University, the Oregon Province Jesuit Senior Fund, Our Lady of Fatima Parish, the Catholic Foundation of the Spokane Diocese, and Hospice of Spokane.

Sister Gilberte (Cecile Marie) Parent SP

Sister Gilberte Parent, a member of the Sisters of Providence, died Feb. 15 at St. Joseph Residence, Seattle, at 88 years of age, after 64 years as a Sister of Providence. The Vigil Service was Feb. 18 at St. Joseph Residence. The funeral Mass was celebrated there the next day, with burial following at Calvary Cemetery, Seattle.

She was born on Nov. 10, 1921, in Roxton Falls, Quebec, Canada. She entered the novitiate on May 18, 1945, in Montreal, professed her first vows in 1946, and her final vows in 1950.

She became a U.S. citizen in 1954.

She completed her high school education at Providence Academy in Vancouver, Wash., in 1951. She earned a BS degree in Nursing from Seattle University in 1957.

Sister Gilberte’s ministry assignments were primarily in nursing, including serviced as Head Nurse and Nursing Supervisor at St. Mary Hospital, Walla Walla, Wash., and other Providence health ministries throughout the western United States.

After retiring in 1990, Sister Gilberte was a volunteer for Hospice Home Health in Burbank, Calif. In September 2004, she moved to St. Joseph Residence in Seattle, where she remained until her death.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of Providence Retirement Fund, 1801 Lind Avenue SW, #9016, Renton, WA 98057-9016.

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