Sister Lucille Dean, a Sister of Providence for 67 years, died February 18 at St. Joseph Residence in Seattle, Washington. There are memorial Masses scheduled for Burbank, California, and Great Falls. Her funeral Mass is Saturday, March 12, at 2 p.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Seattle. The Mass will be livestreamed at

Sister Lucille was born March 19, 1935, in Seattle and first met the Sisters of Providence at her grade school there. She said the “happy sisters” had a strong influence on her. She entered the novitiate in 1954 at Mount St. Vincent in Seattle. She received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Great Falls, Montana (now the University of Providence) and a master’s in education/curriculum and instruction from the University of Oregon.

She taught and administered schools in Washington, California and Alaska.

Sister Lucille was Provincial Councilor (1975-78) and later Provincial Superior of Sacred Heart Providence (1979-85) of the Sisters of Providence; a member of the Board of Providence Health & Services and then served as Chair (2010-12). She was interim president of University of Great Falls (2015-16) and a member of numerous boards.

Sister Lucille was named Distinguished Alumnus from the University of Oregon (2001), “Burbank Woman of the Year” (2004) and was a nominee for the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Catholic Health Association of the United States (CHA-USA) (2018).

Sister Lucille is preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Tony. She is survived by her sisters Loretta (Rollin) Radwick; Pati (Ruben, deceased) Hoard; Mary Jo (Jerry) Sweeney; Diane Dean, and her brother Christopher (Nancy), many nieces and nephews, and by the Sisters in her community.