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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

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


the Inland Register

(From the June 19, 2014 edition of the Inland Register)

Sister Denise (Rosemary) Lyons OP

Sister Denise Lyons of the Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa died May 19 at St. Dominic Villa, Sinsinawa, Wis. The funeral Mass was celebrated May 22 in Queen of the Rosary Chapel at Sinsinawa, followed by burial in Holy Cross Cemetery, Spokane.

She was born Jan. 4, 1930, in Walla Walla, Wash., the daughter of Joseph and Mary (Denzel) Lyons. Sister Denise made her first Religious profession as a Poor School Sister of St. Dominic of Speyer, Germany, at Kettle Falls, Wash., Aug. 30, 1958, and her final profession Aug. 19, 1964. The congregation members at Kettle Falls became the Dominican Sisters of Spokane in 1986 and merged with the Sinsinawa Dominicans in 1995.

Sister Denise taught for 15 years and served as a substitute teacher for seven years and a receptionist for nine years. She served in Montana and Washington.

Sister Denise taught at Assumption School, Spokane, 1963-1973, and served as a substitute teacher at various schools in the diocese, 1973-1980. She ministered as a receptionist at the Dominican Center, Spokane, 1987-1996.

Memorials may be made to the Sinsinawa Dominicans, 585 County Road Z, Sinsinawa, WI, 53824-9701, or online at

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