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the Inland Register

(From the March 17, 2016 edition of the Inland Register)

Sister Carol (Mary Elisia) Qualley SNJM

Holy Names Sister Carol Qualley, former pastoral administrator of three parishes in the Spokane Diocese, died March 5 at Hospice House in Spokane. She was 87 years old.

The funeral Mass was celebrated March 9 at the Convent of the Holy Names, Spokane.

Carol was born Dec. 23, 1928, in Seattle to John and Martha Cobine Qualley. She was educated at Sacred Heart, Immaculate High School, and Holy Names Academy, all in Seattle, and graduated from Holy Names Academy, Spokane.

She entered the Holy Names community in 1947 and later earned Bachelorís and Masterís degrees in Music Education, an MRE in Religious Studies, and certificates in Clinical Pastoral Education from Tacoma General Hospital.

As Sister Mary Elisia, she taught music in parochial elementary Schools from 1949-1973 in Portland, St. Helenís, and Eugene, Ore., and Everett, Pomeroy, Seattle and Spokane, Wash.

During this time, Sister was noted for her desire to learn more about her art, for her successful teaching methods, and for her compositions for children, several of which have been published.

During her time in Seattle, the focus of her ministry changed from teaching to pastoral work in hospitals and parishes: St. Maryís and St. Josephís, Seattle; St. Thomas, St. Richardís and St. Charles, in Montana.

In 1984, she spent time at the memorable mission of Holy Cross in Alaska. That was followed, from 1985-90, by her role as the pastoral administrator and presence in the parishes in Kettle Falls, Northport, and Colville, Wash.

She assisted with the resettlement of Vietnamese refugees, served meals at Catholic Charities, and engaged in outreach to the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation. She spent at the shrine at Lourdes, France, assisting those hopeful of cures in the hospitality of the baths, the dining area, and in the town itself.

Throughout the í90s in Spokane, Sister Carol volunteered at St. Joseph Parish, Sacred Heart Medical Center, Our Place Community Ministries, and within her Religious community.

Sister Carol retired to the Convent of the Holy Names, Spokane, in 2003, and then moved with her Religious Sisters to Brookdale South Regal, Spokane, in November 2013.

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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