Sister of St. Mary of Oregon Mary Ann Hathaway died July 3. There will be a vigil Friday, July 15, at 7 p.m. at the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon Motherhouse Chapel and a funeral Mass Saturday, July 16, at 10 a.m., also at the motherhouse chapel. Interment will be Monday, July 18 at 9:30 a.m. in the sisters’ cemetery.

Sister Mary Ann (Sister John Mary) was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, May 6, 1931, to Stanley and Mary Evelyn (Fegel) Hathaway. Her one sibling is Sister Theresa Hathaway. Her early education was at Bishop John Carroll School and St. Teresa of Avila in Oklahoma.

Her family moved to Portland in 1945 where Sister Mary Ann attended Madeleine Catholic School and St. Mary’s Academy before graduating from St. Mary of the Valley (now Valley Catholic) in 1948. Sister Mary Ann earned her bachelor’s degree in education from Marylhurst College in 1958, her master’s degree from Seattle University in 1973 and an Oregon Principal Certification from Portland State University in 1982. A lifelong learner, Sister Mary Ann continued with summer course work at Our Lady of Peace Retreat and Pacific University.

From her childhood, Sister Mary Ann knew God called her to religious life. It was with great joy that she accepted Mother Collette’s invitation to enter the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon Aug. 15, 1948. She made her profession of perpetual vows Aug. 15, 1953.

Catholic education was the focus of Sister Mary Ann’s ministry in the Archdiocese of Portland. She taught and modeled the Good News of God’s great love for each person she encountered. She served as a teacher throughout Oregon at Visitation in Verboort, Our Lady of Sorrows in Portland, St. Cecilia in Beaverton, St. John the Baptist in Milwaukie, Sacred Heart in Gervais, St. Michael in Grande Ronde, and St. Pius X in Portland. During her 18 years as a school principal, Sister Mary Ann served at Our Lady of Sorrows and then at St. Francis in Roy. Thousands of students remember her today with love and an awareness of God’s love for them.

One of Sister Mary Ann’s talents was nature photography. A treasured experience was a 1987 trip to see St. John Paul in San Francisco. Faithfulness to the church was a hallmark of Sister Mary Ann’s life. She was keenly aware of God’s constant love as assured in Psalm 91:11 – “For He commands his angels to guard you in all of your ways.” With that assurance, she met life with a trusting, joy-filled smile. Every challenge was an encounter with the loving Father. She also brought every challenge to the Blessed Virgin Mary for help and guidance. She knew in Mary the example of living as a compassionate servant of the Lord.

She is missed, loved and survived by her sister Sister Theresa Hathaway, her cousins Barbara Whelden and Irene Ortiz and their families, her Sisters in Community, and the SSMO Motherhouse caregivers and nursing staff. Sister Mary Ann was preceded in death by her parents Stanley and Mary Evelyn Hathaway.

Memorial offerings may be directed to the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon.

May she rest in God’s loving embrace.