Anna Burris, SP

Sep 27, 1927 – Apr 6, 2015

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(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.


J Thomas Wojtowick
Lewistown, MT
Apr 12, 2015

Blessings to Sr Ann's family. From cousins in Montana. We treasure her as family historian and storyteller. What a great gift to family and communities. Requescat in pacem.

Rosemary Rasmussen
Camas, Wa
Apr 11, 2015

I am afraid that without Aunt Ann we will be set adrift. The memories of reunions at the lake are some of my happiest. The talks at the table showed me what being family meant. The way she handled that group of pre-teen boys taught me skills that have come in handy through out my life. I am sure Grandma and my mom have welcomed her home with loving arms.

Myrtle Prohaska
Seattle, WA
Apr 11, 2015

Worked with you for many years at West Seattle High School.

Many enjoyable years doing genealogy with you, your contributions were appreciated. We miss you.


Gary Kerns
Burien, Wa
Apr 10, 2015

Sister Frances: You taught me at Holy Family. Thanks for all you did.


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