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Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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the Inland Register

(From the December 18, 2014 edition of the Inland Register)

Sister Claire Yvonne (Elaine Frances) Bouffard SP

Sister Claire Bouffard, a Sister of Providence for 62 of her 89 years, died Dec. 3 at St. Joseph Residence, Seattle.

The vigil service was celebrated the evening of Dec. 8, and the funeral Mass on Dec. 9. Both took place at St. Joseph Residence, Seattle. Burial followed the Mass, at Calvary Cemetery, Seattle.

Sister Claire was born Sept. 21, 1925 in Winooski, Vt. She attended the local parish school in Burlington, Vt., but illness struck her mother and the children were eventually sent to different relatives. Claire was taken to the St. Joseph Orphanage operated by the Sisters of Providence.

She felt a call to become a Religious and applied to the Sisters of Providence. She entered in 1951 in Montreal, then was sent to Seattle to enter the Providence novitiate in January 1952. She professed first vows on July 19, 1953, and her final vows on July 19, 1956.

She earned a B.S. in Business Administration from the College of Great Falls Montana (now the University of Great Falls), in 1968. She attended the CREDO Sabbatical Program at Gonzaga University, Spokane, in 1975.

Her years of ministry in finance were spent at: Our Lady of Lourdes Academy, Wallace, Idaho; St. Clare Hospital, Ft. Benton, Mont.; Holy Family Hospital, St. Ignatius, Mont.; Providence Hospital, Wallace, Idaho; St. Mary Hospital, Walla Walla; and at St. Joseph Care Center, Spokane, as Director of Finance. In 1993, she began working in the archives in St. Ignatius Province. She “fully” retired at the end of 1999.

She served on the boards of St. Mary Medical Center, Walla Walla; Sacred Heart Medical Center, Spokane; and the Caritas and St. Joseph Corporations. She was also a member of the Sisters’ Finance Committee for the province.

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