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Sister, 60 years in her community, nursed for decades at Maryville
Sr. Theresa Ann Bunker
Sr. Theresa Ann Bunker

BEAVERTON — Sister Theresa Ann Bunker (Sr. Frederick Marie) celebrates her 60th anniversary as a Sister of St. Mary of Oregon this summer.

She was born Nov. 5, 1933, to Fred Bunker and Marie (Herb) Bunker. She is the second of five children.
Sister Theresa Ann’s first seven years of school were in a one-room schoolhouse in Dayton Prairie. During the summer, the family moved to the Greenville/Banks area, where she completed eighth grade at St. Francis School in Roy and graduated in May 1947. She still recalls the smell and smoke of the large Tillamook burn that summer. Four years later, she graduated from Banks High School.

In 1952, she entered the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon where she undertook training to become a nurse. Upon graduating from St. Peter Hospital in Olympia, Wash. and taking state boards, she received her license as a practical nurse in July of 1962. The following year she was part of the staff to open Maryville Nursing Home.

In July of 1971, Sister Theresa Ann received an associate’s degree from Portland Community College and after state boards, became a registered nurse. In July 2005, after 42 years of what she calls a joy-filled ministry, she retired from Maryville. She now lives at the motherhouse. She enjoys helping around the convent by peeling vegetables, driving Sisters to appointments and other duties.

Sister Theresa Ann will celebrate with family and friends at a 9 a.m. Mass at the motherhouse in Beaverton on Sunday, July 29.

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