St. Mary Sister Mary Hugh Copenhaver died Feb. 15. She was 100.
Born July 11, 1913, Alice Catherine Copenhaver was the oldest of four children born to James and Alice Copenhaver of Wilbur, Wash. Before she entered the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon in 1935, she attended Great Falls Business College for a year and then worked in the Brady Post Office. After entering she was known as Sister Mary Hugh and she attended Marylhurst, earning a bachelor’s degree in education.
Sister Mary was a teacher and administrator and she served in these schools: St. Mary of the Valley in Beaverton, St. Stephen in Portland, Sacred Heart in Gervais, Visitation in Verboort, St. Mary’s Home for Boys in Beaverton, St. Mary in Stayton, St. Cecilia in Beaverton, Our Lady of Guadalupe in Seattle, where she was the founding principal, and St. Mary in Spokane, serving there for 16 years.
She finished teaching in 1981, took a sabbatical year, and began serving in her home parish, St. Michael, in Conrad, Mont., as the religious education coordinator and visitor to the homebound. She retired in 2007 at the age of 94.
A vigil service will be held at 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 20 at the Motherhouse of the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon. A Mass of Christian burial 10 a.m., Friday, Feb. 21, at Motherhouse Chapel. Followed by the Interment – Sisters’ Cemetery. Memorial donations can be made to the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon.