LAKE OSWEGO — Holy Names Sister Barbara Collier, 94, died Nov. 28 at Mary's Woods at Marylhurst. Due to COVID-19, a funeral Mass will be celebrated later.

The daughter of Albert (Don) and Helen Garvey Collier, Sister Barbara grew up in Medford. Her father died when Barbara was young, leaving her mother with six children between 5 and 13. She described her mother as an outstanding woman who gave her a great sense of independence. Barbara attended Holy Names schools in Medford throughout her grade and high school years.

During her first year at Marylhurst College, Barbara entered the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary and received the religious name Sister David Maureen. "Nobody thought I would ever last," she said, "because I always liked being out, running around doing things."

However, Sister Barbara was to remain true to her call as a Holy Names for over 73 years.

In 1947, Sister Barbara fulfilled a life's ambition as she began her teaching career working with children in primary grades. Education was dear to her. She had a vision in education and went right toward that vision. As a principal at Holy Redeemer and Cathedral schools in Portland and St. Rose in Longview, Wash., she was an exemplary administrator and an encouraging support to many beginning teachers and principals. During this time she completed a bachelor’s degree in education at Holy Names College, Spokane, Wash., and a master’s degree in education with a major in administration at the University of Portland.

In 1975 Sister Barbara was tapped by the Oregon Sisters of the Holy Names to be coordinator of ministry, where her vision, enthusiasm, energy and sense of humor could assist the province in complex transitional times. She also brought her administrative skills to the Archdiocese of Portland as director of school personnel 1985–89. She served on the Archdiocesan Board of Education 1967–71 and on the School Board for the Diocese of Baker 1976–81. She was a long-time member of the Board of Trustees of Marylhurst College and served on several Oregon State Department of Education committees.

After many years in formal education, Sister Barbara took courses in parish ministry and moved into parish work. She served eight years as parish administrator of Visitation Parish in Tacoma, Wash.

When she returned to Oregon, she became community life coordinator for the Holy Names Sisters in independent living at Mary’s Woods at Marylhurst retirement community. Following her retirement, she moved to Mary’s Woods where she was active in many facets of resident life and continued to work with the chapel staff facilitating liturgical services in the Sisters' chapel. Outgoing, interested and full of ideas, she was a loved friend and mentor to family and friends throughout her life.

Sister Barbara is survived by her nieces and nephews, and members of her religious community. Remembrances may be made to the Sisters of the Holy Names, P.O. Box 398, Marylhurst, OR 97036 or online at