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Obituaries - January 10, 2019

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Sister Alice St. Hillaire, SP


Sister Alice St. Hillaire, a Sister of Providence for 70 years, died December 27. She was 90.

Born in Yakima, she graduated from St. Joseph Academy in Yakima and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in education from the College of Great Falls. She received her Ph.D. in Philosophy from St. Louis University, where she also earned certification from the Institute of Religious Formation.

She entered the Sisters of Providence in 1947 at Mount St. Vincent and became a novice in 1948. She professed her first vows in 1957, received the name Sister Mary Georgetta, and professed her final vows in 1952.

Her first ministry from 1950-56 was in education as a teacher at Sacred Heart Academy in Missoula, Washington, St. Catherine School in Seattle, St. Vincent Academy in Walla Walla and Immaculate Conception School in Anchorage. She taught philosophy for thirteen years, first on the faculty of Seattle University at Mount St. Vincent, Seattle, Providence Heights College of Sister Formation in Issaquah, and at the Seattle University campus as well. Later she taught at St. Thomas Seminary in Kenmore.

She then served as of Director of Retirement, and Provincial Councilor for the Sisters of Providence. She also served for seven years at Providence Hospitality House, a shelter for homeless women and their children.

In 2015, she retired to St. Joseph Residence in Seattle, where she enjoyed days with prayer, exercise, time outdoors, reading and spending cherished time with family, friends and her sisters in community.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sister Lucy, SP; and brothers Jim and Tom. She is survived by her sister Mary Roy; brothers Tim, Ted, Paul; and nephews, nieces, grandnephews and grandnieces.

A funeral Mass was celebrated January 3rd at St. Joseph Residence, Seattle.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Sisters of Providence Retirement Fund, 1801 Lind Avenue SW, Renton, WA 98057-9016.


Sister M. Victoria Ann Adlum, SNJM


Victoria Ann Adlum, Sister of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, died January 4 at Hospice of Spokane, Hospice House. She was 89.

She was born Jacqueline Lois to Joseph D. Adlum and Victoria Geroaker Adlum on April 20, 1929, in Pasadena, California. Upon reaching school age, the family moved to North Bend, WA, where she attended public schools before moving to Seattle. She attended Immaculate Conception School in Seattle from sixth grade through high school.

She entered the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary at Marylhurst in 1948 and professed her first vows in 1950. She graduated from Marylhurst College with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. Her teaching career included assignments in Everett, Portland and Seattle.

In 1967, because of the onset of MS, she was the first to move into the Convent of the Holy Names on Ft. George Wright Drive in Spokane. She spent the next seven years in the Care Center. Determined to walk again, she prevailed and in time returned to active ministry at Holy Family, Auburn and St. Mary Magdalen School, Everett. Her return to Everett began a sixteen-year period of ministry as librarian, volunteer and beloved friend of SNJM Associates. In 2007 she returned to the Convent of the Holy Names in Spokane, where she served as sacristan. She moved to Harbor Crest in 2013 and welcomed the opportunity to be among the other residents, engaging them, learning their stories while sharing her quiet and gentle faith with all she met.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Victoria; her infant twin sister Virginia and half-brother Merle. She is survived by an extended family and numerous friends, her religious community, the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary and the community of residents and staff at Harbor Crest, now known as South Hill Village.

A Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, January 12, at 10:00 AM at South Hill Village in Spokane. Burial will be at Holy Cross Cemetery on Monday, January 14, at 2:00 PM.

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




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