Longtime teacher at local Catholic school dies

first_imgSister Mary Leona Miller A funeral Mass for Sister Mary Leona Miller will be at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 20 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 6600 Highland Drive. She will be buried at Mother Joseph Cemetery, near Interstate 5 and Fourth Plain Boulevard.Sister Mary Leona Miller, whose decades of teaching included 35 years in Vancouver, died Tuesday in Seattle.The 92-year-old nun recently celebrated 70 years with the Sisters of Providence.She was a fixture in her first-grade classroom at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School in Vancouver.Suzanne Roberti said her sons Marco and Anthony were taught by Sister Mary Leona more than 30 years ago.“We’ve remained friends ever since,” Roberti said. “She knew that there were two things children can’t ask for but need: love and discipline.”At the end of each school day, Roberti said, Anthony would be the last child to leave the classroom.When Sister Mary Leona and Anthony were the only ones left in the room, Roberti said, “He would run up and give her a hug and say, ‘I love you!’”Sister Mary Leona was honored several times during her 47-year teaching career, earning national recognition in 1975 as an outstanding educator. She also was honored in 1991 as a Clark County Woman of Achievement.Her younger sister, who also is a member of the Providence order, said that Sister Mary Leona quickly found her classroom niche. “She taught first grade for almost 50 years,” said Sister Virginia Miller. It reflected the work of Mother Joseph, the pioneering Providence nun who came to Vancouver in 1856.last_img

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