LAKE OSWEGO — Holy Names Sister Mary Sullivan, SNJM, 95, died June 16 at the Marie-Rose Center at Mary’s Woods at Marylhurst. The Zoom memorial is July 7, 2 p.m. and the funeral Mass takes place July 14, 11 a.m. at the Chapel of the Holy Names, Marylhurst. For information, call 503.534.5778.

Daughter of John and Eleanor Jentges Sullivan, Mary was born in New Rockford, North Dakota, and grew up in Grand Forks along with her seven siblings. The family moved to Portland in 1949. Having graduated from University of North Dakota, Mary taught a year at Astoria High School. During this year, she met the Holy Names Sisters and made the decision to enter the novitiate at Marylhurst the next year, receiving the religious name Sister Sheron Marie.

From 1951 to 1975 Sister Mary taught in Holy Names secondary schools including Sacred Heart Academy in Salem; St. Mary’s Academy in The Dalles; Holy Names Academy and The Immaculate in Seattle; St. Mary’s Academy in Medford; and St. Mary’s Academy in Portland. This included serving as Boarding School Prefect at Holy Names, Seattle, and Vice Principal, at St. Mary’s, Portland. During this era, she earned a master’s degree in guidance and counseling. She later served as a staff member at Marylhurst College.

In 1982, she joined other SNJMs in Alaska, becoming a marriage tribunal advocate for the Diocese of Fairbanks. She returned to Oregon in 1987 going to Medford where she served as minister to the elderly and homebound for Sacred Heart parish.

In 1995 Sister Mary retired to The Dalles, where she was actively engaged as a volunteer in parish outreach at St. Peter’s. Participation in the work of St. Vincent de Paul Food Society brought her to monthly meetings as part of its ministry committee and, through the sponsorship of the society, she made home visits to shut-ins in the parish. In addition, she devoted many hours to activities of the local Habitat for Humanity, including helping to build a house. Her friendship with the Holy Names Associates in and around The Dalles, coordinating and assisting their activities, was especially dear to her.

Most recently, she belonged to the retirement community of Mary’s Woods at Marylhurst.

Sister Mary was a kind and generous person who was always more concerned about the needs of others than her own needs. Possessing a quiet determination, she was animated by a spirituality of compassionate generosity and a deep commitment to justice. She was a longtime member of the Oregon SNJM’s Justice and Peace committee and advocated for issues regard-ing migrants, health care for all and affordable housing. In 2001 Sister Mary participated in the annual demonstration at Fort Benning, Georgia, calling for the closure the School of the Americas

A Holy Names Sister for 70 years, Sister Mary is survived by her nieces and nephews and members of her religious community. Remembrances may be made to the Sisters of the Holy Names, PO Box 398, Marylhurst, OR 97036 or online at