Anna Burris, SP
Sep 27, 1927 – Apr 6, 2015
ANNA BURRIS, SP
(Sister Frances Ann)
Sister Anna Burris, age 87, a Sister of Providence for 68 years, died April 6, 2015, at St. Joseph Residence, Seattle, WA. Vigil Service: Sunday, April 12, 7:30 p.m., and Funeral Mass: Monday, April 13, 11:00 a.m. both to be held at St. Joseph Residence, 4800 37th Avenue SW, Seattle, WA. Burial at Calvary Cemetery, Seattle, WA., follows Mass and reception. Bonney-Watson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Sr. Anna was born September 27, 1927 to Francis Albert Burris and Blanche Hazel Heising, the third child of 11, Home-Grand Forks, North Dakota. She attended St. Michael elementary school and spent her freshman year at St. James Academy in both in Grand Forks, ND. The family moved to Vancouver, WA in the summer of 1942; there she graduated from Providence Academy in May, 1945.
On July 17, 1946 Sr. Anna entered the Sisters of Providence novitiate at Mount St. Vincent in Seattle, WA., and there professed first vows on July 19, 1948, and final vows on July 19, 1951.
In 1956 Sr. Anna earned a B.A. in Education from the College of Great Falls Montana (now the University of Great Falls). At Seattle University she earned an M.A. in Administration/Guidance in 1962.
Her 40 years of ministry in education were at: Maryville Academy, Des Plaines, Illinois; St. Catherine School, Holy Family School and Blanchet High School, Seattle; Holy Rosary School, Moxee; St. Michael School, Olympia; St. Joseph Academy, Yakima; St. Finbar School, Burbank, CA; Monroe High School, Fairbanks, AK; and Carroll High School, Yakima. From 1969 to 1989 she taught Special Education at West Seattle High School.
After retirement, Sr. Anna devoted her time to genealogy, sports, computer and reunions.
She is preceded in death by her parents and siblings. She is survived by her sisters Teresa Blanche Burris Pausch, Judith Frances Nibler and Joyce Elaine Burris.
Memorial contributions may be made in her honor to the Sisters of Providence Retirement Fund, 1801 Lind Avenue SW, #9016, Renton, WA 98057-9016.
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