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Debra Tinnel died in Seattle on October 17. She was 58.
She was born on April 6th, 1961 in Renton, WA. She moved to Kent where she graduated from Kentridge High School. She went to Washington State University where she graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree.
She married her husband Mark in 1992. She worked for many years in sales and customer service roles at Corporate Express and Office Depot.
She is survived by her husband Mark; son Austin; daughter Brianna; mother and father Patricia and John Mergens; brothers John Jr, Mick and Patrick; and sisters Elizabeth, Kathy and Angelina.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated on November 6th 11:00 AM followed by a reception at St John the Baptist Catholic Church in Covington. Interment will be at Gethsemane Cemetery.
Sister Patricia Larson, SNJM (Sister Campion Mary)
Patricia Ann Larson, a Sister of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, died early the morning of October 28 at Memory Care, South Hill Village in Spokane. She was 90.
She was born into the family of Albin and Anna (Divine) Larson on January 18, 1929 in Spokane. The youngest of their seven children, she enjoyed the solidity of her entire grade 1 through 12 education at Seattle’s Immaculate Conception elementary and high school.
She entered the novitiate at Marylhurst, OR in January of 1948. Known in religion as Sr. Campion Mary, she made her final profession in August 1954.
In August of this year, she celebrated 70 years as a Sister of the Holy Names. From 1950 until her retirement in 1996, she taught and served as principal or vice-principal in a variety of parish elementary schools in Washington and Oregon. After retirement, she served on the Intercommunity Housing Board and engaged in volunteer work in Everett while living at St. Mary Magdalen Convent.
She moved to the Convent of the Holy Names (Spokane) in 2007. With her sense of humor and her desire to create meaning and beauty through art, she excelled as teacher and community member. She wrote in an autobiographical sketch that “the icing on the cake” was the year she spent in Lesotho with other SNJM missionary Sisters.
She is survived by her religious community, and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family members. She is preceded in death by her parents, her six siblings and their spouses.
Her funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, November 2, at 11:00 AM at South Hill Village, 3117 E Chaser Lane, Spokane. Burial will be at Holy Cross Cemetery. Memorial gifts may be made to the Sisters of the Holy Names Retirement Fund, 5915 S Regal Suite 308, Spokane, WA 99223.