SEATTLE — Sister of Providence Claire Gagnon, 99, (Sister Marcelle Odile) a member of her order for 79 years, died Nov. 17 at St. Joseph Residence. There was a funeral Mass at the residence, with burial at Calvary Cemetery in Seattle.

Marie-Claire Gagnon was born Aug. 12, 1919, to Benoit and Odile (Perreault) Gagnon, in St. Prosper, Quebec, Canada. She was the sixth of seven children. Marie-Claire entered the Sisters of Providence in November 1938 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and in May 1939 became a novice. She professed first vows in 1940 and received the name Sister Marcelle Odile, and then was sent to Sacred Heart Province in Seattle. In November 1943 she professed final vows.

In 1951, Sister Claire earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Seattle University. Later she received certification as a Pastoral Associate from Chaplain Services, United States Catholic Conference, Washington, D.C. She was also a member, officer and administrator of numerous Washington state and national hospital associations and councils from 1961 to ’74.

Sister Claire’s first ministry (1940–’51) was as an infirmary companion, student nurse and laboratory technician. She worked at Mount St. Vincent and Providence Medical Center in Seattle, St. Elizabeth Hospital in Yakima, and Medford Medical Center. Then (1951–’74 her ministry was in medical supervision and administration. She worked at St. Mary Hospital in Walla Walla; at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Yakima, St. Peter Hospital in Olympia, St. Vincent Medical Center in Portland and Providence Medical Center in Medford.

In 1974, Sister Claire completed her clinical pastoral education in San Francisco, California, and served in pastoral ministry for 28 years at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage, where she began the chaplaincy program. In 2003, the new Intensive Care Unit there dedicated a special room in her honor.

In 2003 Sr. Claire retired and moved to St. Joseph Residence, Seattle, where she enjoyed and cherished spending time with friends and her sisters in community.

Sr. Claire is preceded in death by her parents and siblings. She is survived by her cousin, Rita Ebacher, from Ste. Anne de la Perade, Quebec.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of Providence Retirement Fund, 1801 Lind Ave. SW, #9016, Renton, WA 98057-9016. To sign her memory book, please visit the website for Bonney-Watson Funeral Home at