A Sister of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary for 74 years, Sister Mae Cruikshank, SNJM, 94, died at Marie-Rose Center at Mary’s Woods at Marylhurst, Lake Oswego, Feb. 1.

Daughter of John and Taimi (Heino) Cruikshank, Mae grew up in Keewatin, Minnesota and moved to Portland with her family in her late teens. After graduating from St. Mary’s Academy, she entered the Sisters of the Holy Names and received the name Sister Mary Lawrence.

Sister Mae enjoyed a long career in elementary education as a middle- and upper-grade teacher in Holy Names schools in Oregon and Washington. She served as principal in Portland, Salem and Eugene.

Moving to a career in parish ministry, Sister Mae found her time in rural parishes near Ferndale, Washington, and in the Yakima Valley a very special experience. In reflecting about her pastoral work, she rejoiced in the cherished opportunities to share faith with such faith-filled people. She also deeply treasured the interaction with multiethnic groups sharing in their culture and sharing her own Finnish roots.

After retiring, Sister Mae lived for a number of years as part of the Sisters’ retirement community in Spokane. Eventually moving to Mary’s Woods at Marylhurst, she continued as she had always been a prayerful, fun-loving person sharing her gifts with others.

Sister Mae is survived by her nieces Patricia MacLean of Portland; Lisa Bailey and Susan Cruikshank of Fairbanks, Alaska; and nephews Rory Cruikshank of Auburn, Washington, and Terry Cruikshank, Fairbanks, Alaska, and members of her religious community. Remembrances may be made to the Sisters of the Holy Names, P.O. Box 398, Marylhurst, OR 97036 or online at www.snjmusontario.org/donate.