Catholic Diocese of Spokane, Washington

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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 1453, Spokane WA 99210
(509) 358-7340; FAX: (509) 358-7302


the Inland Register

(From the January 21, 2016 edition of the Inland Register)

Sister Shirley (Justyn Mary) Mallory SNJM

Holy Names Sister Shirley Mallory died Dec. 6 in Spokane at the age of 90. The funeral Mass was celebrated Dec. 15 at the Convent of the Holy Names in Spokane.

Shirley was born June 12, 1925, in Omak, Wash., and grew up in Mansfield, Wash. She attended Holy Names College in Spokane and joined the Sisters of the Holy Names in 1945. She continued her studies for a B.A. in Education at Holy Names and Marylhurst Colleges. She later earned an M.A. for Teachers in Art. In 1947 Shirley pronounced her vows as Sister Justyn Mary.

Her teaching career began in 1947 with the third and fourth graders at Star of the Sea, Astoria, Ore., and continued as she ministered at grade schools in Seattle and Spokane in Washington and Salem, Portland, The Dalles, and Medford in Oregon, until 1967.

From 1969-1972, Sister Shirley taught art at Fort Wright College of the Holy Names in Spokane. From there, her journey included involvement in the Catholic Charismatic Renewal.

In 1987, she began visiting prisoners and then worked as pastoral associate at Holy Family Parish in Auburn, Wash., from 1993-1997, and in healing ministry from 1997-2004.

After moving to the retirement community of her Religious congregation, she discovered new life through weekly meetings with her prayer companions in True Life in God. She was also an avid reader of spiritual books and magazines.

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

Sister Carol (Elaine) Deschane SNJM

Holy Names Sister Carol Deschane died Jan. 12 in Spokane. She was 81 years old.

A celebration of her life was held Jan. 15 at Convent of the Holy Names in Spokane.

She was born Nov. 7, 1934, in Green Bay, Wis. She attended elementary schools in Pasco, Wash., and graduated from Marycliff High School in Spokane. She earned a B.A. in Education from Marylhurst College (now University) in Oregon and Holy Names College, Spokane, and an M.A. in English from Seattle University.

She joined the Sisters of the Holy Names in 1953 and pronounced her vows in February 1956.

Sister Carol taught in junior and senior high schools in Portland, Ore., and Spokane, Tacoma, Richland, Pomeroy and Seattle, Wash., from 1956 to 1972.

In 1972, she was named Assistant Dean of Students at Fort Wright College, Spokane. In 1976, she became the religious education coordinator at St. Francis Xavier in Spokane, and in 1979, the youth minister at St. Louise Parish, Bellevue, Wash.

After a year of personal and professional study in 1983, Sister Carol became the director of the Soundings program for the Seattle Archdiocese, where she served until 1988.

After a few years of Hispanic Ministry, she ministered as pastoral associate at St. Philomena Parish in Des Moines, Wash., until 1986, and then as director of Still Point Center for Spirituality until 2000.

Her many gifts of organization and administration led her Religious community to invite her to work in their reorganization for two years, and in 2002, she returned to the ministry of spirituality.

Her interests were broad, from math and aging to flower arranging and yoga to cosmology, science and spirituality, all contributing to the fuller development of human persons, beginning with herself. The joy of her most recent retirement years has been her participation in Senior Serenaders, a group of singers who bring joy to other elders through their wonderful performances.

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

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