Georgette Marie Bayless, SP
Feb 14, 1922 – Sep 25, 2016
GEORGETTE BAYLESS, SP
(Sister Mary Joan)
Sister Georgette Bayless, age 94, a Sister of Providence for 71 years, died September 25, 2016, at St. Joseph Residence, Seattle, WA. Vigil Service: Monday, October 3, 2016, at 7:00 PM, and Funeral Mass: Tuesday, October 4, 2016, at 11:00 AM, both 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.
Georgette Bayless was born February 14, 1922 to Joseph Bayless and Amelie Mathe, in San Jose, California, the fourth youngest of 7 children. Her father worked as a lineman for the Southern Pacific Railway. Georgette attended Saint Patrick’s grade school, Notre Dame high school. After San Jose State College as a pre-nursing student, in 1941 she began studies at Providence School of Nursing in Oakland, CA. In 1944 was selected as a cadet nurse for the United States Naval Hospital in Seattle, WA.
In 1953 Sr. Georgette received a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Seattle University; and in 1962 a Master of Science degree in Nursing/Education from Catholic University of America, Washington, DC.
She entered the Sisters of Providence in November 1944 in Seattle, WA. She became a novice on May 18, 1945, professed first vows on February 28, 1947 and received the name Sister Mary Joan, and professed final vows on February 28, 1950.
Sister Georgette began her ministry as a nursing supervisor in 1947 at St. Elizabeth Hospital (aka Providence Yakima Medical Center) in Yakima, WA, with positions through 1960 in Oregon at Providence Portland Medical Center and St. Mary Hospital, Astoria; in Washington at Providence Hospital, Everett, and St. Mary Hospital in Walla Walla.
From 1962-73 Sr. Georgette held several nursing administration positions in Oregon at Providence Portland Medical Center, St. Vincent Medical Center, and Providence Medford Medical Center; St. Patrick Hospital School of Nursing in Missoula, MT. From late 1973 to 1990, she was a Director and Associate of Pastoral Care in Washington at Providence Hospital, Everett and St. Peter Hospital, in Olympia; and St. Joseph Medical Center, Burbank, CA. From 1990-94 Sr. Georgette was Mission Coordinator in Washington at Providence Toppenish Hospital and Providence Yakima Medical Center. In Everett she founded Providence Hospice & Home Care of Snohomish County and Providence Hospital’s Sexual Assault Center.
In January 1995 she retired and began volunteer ministry as a board member of numerous organizations. She co-founded the Yakima Literacy Coalition.
Sr. Georgette was the honored recipient of various awards for her leadership and service in numerous communities, for example: the honoree of the Seattle Post Intelligencer’s Jefferson Award for her exemplary commitment in health care; recognition by the Everett Police Department Chaplains Bureau for “the many lives that were assisted by your unselfish and caring ways and we extend our sincerest gratitude (1975-81)”.
In 2007, Sr. Georgette moved to St. Joseph Residence, Seattle, where she enjoyed her new vocation “being with the elderly” and enjoying life together! Her favorite pastimes were watercolor painting and sharing cherished time with her sisters, family and friends.
Sr. Georgette is preceded in death by her parents, brothers Joseph and Louis, and sister, Claire Veneables. She is survived by her brother, Richard, San Jose, California; sisters, Marguerite Byerton, Sacramento, CA and Elizabeth Johnstone, Visalia, CA; sister-in-law, Marge Bayless, Phoenix, AZ; cousins, several nieces and nephews. Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of Providence Retirement Fund, 1801 Lind Avenue SW, #9016, Renton, WA 98057-9016.
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