Holy Names Sister Mary Ann McGee [Sister Michele Marie] died peacefully July 27 at Brookdale Nine Mile, in Spokane, Washington. A funeral Mass will take place in the presence of her ashes at a later date.

She was born Feb. 11, 1931, in Spokane, the second child and only daughter born to Oswald McGee and Mae Dixon. Sister Mary Ann’s early life centered around and in St. Aloysius Parish, where she was baptized, received her First Communion, and was confirmed. The elementary school and high school she attended were staffed by Holy Names Sisters. She entered the novitiate July 25, 1949, at Marylhurst. Sister Mary Ann pronounced Perpetual Vows Aug. 5, 1956.

Her lifetime ministry was being an educator. She began teaching in primary grades and in the mid-1970s she transitioned to adult religious education and parish ministry. Members of St. Joseph Parish in Yakima hold fond memories of her years of ministry in the Yakima Valley. In her final years, Sister Mary Ann found ministry in visiting and sharing Eucharist with those homebound or in assisted living facilities, and serving as sacristan for the Catholic community at South Hill Village, Spokane.

Sister Mary Ann was preceded in death by her brother, William McGee. She is survived by nephews Daniel McGee of Spokane and Michael McGee of Boise, nieces Colleen McGee of Elk and Bridget McGee Cossano of Seattle, and their families. She enjoyed her visits with McGee cousins in Washington State and Montana. Sister Mary Ann is survived by her religious community, Sisters and Affiliates of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, and the many friends with whom she shared faith, prayer, and life.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Sisters of the Holy Names Retirement Fund, 5915 S Regal St #308, Spokane, WA 99223.