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 May 19, 2016 edition of the Inland Register)

Sister Marie (Maria Urban) Linehan OSF

Franciscan Sister Marie Linehan died April 19 in St. Ann Convent in Tacoma, Wash., three days before her 85th birthday. She had been a professed member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia for 66 years.

The vigil was held Friday, April 22, and the funeral Mass was celebrated the next day. Both took place at St. Ann Convent, Tacoma.

Sister Marie was born in County Cork, Ireland. Although she entered the congregation in 1945, she did not officially enter candidacy until 1948. She professed her first vows in 1950.

Sister Marie ministered primarily in education, child care, and pastoral services. She ministered in the Archdiocese of Seattle for 23 years and 35 years of service in the Diocese of Spokane.

She was a house parent at St. Joseph Children’s Home, Spokane for 11 years, and taught at St. Charles School. She spent 16 years as a chaplain at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center, and another seven years as a volunteer at Hospice of Spokane.

Sister Marie also taught at Sacred Heart Academy, Klamath Falls, in the Diocese of Baker, Ore., for four years.

Memorial donations in her name can be made to the Sisters of St. Francis Foundation, 609 S. Convent Road, Aston, PA 19014.

Sister Shirley (Bibiana) Smith SP

Sister Shirley Smith, a Sister of Providence for 62 of her 84 years, died April 19 at St. Joseph Residence, Seattle.

The vigil service was April 25, followed by the funeral Mass the next day. Both took place at Providence Mount St. Vincent, Seattle. Burial was at Calvary Cemetery, Seattle.

Shirley Marlene Smith was born August 27, 1931 in Steamboat Springs, Colo. When she was 12 years old the family moved to Oakland, Calif. After high school graduation she was granted a nursing scholarship at Providence School of Nursing in Oakland, and in 1952 she entered the Sisters of Providence at Mount St. Vincent, Seattle. She professed first vows on Nov. 18, 1954, and received the name Sister Bibiana. She professed final vows three years and a day later.

In 1952, Sister Shirley received her Registered Nursing License, and in 1969 received a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Seattle University. She also completed the National Association of Catholic Chaplains (NACC) program with certification in 1981.

She began her ministry as a nurse in 1954 at St. Mary Hospital in Walla Walla, Wash. From 1956-86 she continued her ministries in nursing, healthcare administration, pastoral care and community service in Washington, California, and Alaska.

From 1971-74 and 1986-92, Shirley was elected to the Provincial Council of Sacred Heart Province and was appointed Assistant Provincial. In 1994 she served as Local Superior of St. Joseph Residence for six years. From 2000-06 she served on boards of directors of Providence Marianwood in Issaquah, Wash; St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula, Mont.; and Sojourner Place, Seattle. When she retired, she volunteered at Providence Mount St. Vincent and the Veterans Administration Hospital.

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

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