Sister Mary Joan Doran, OP
Sister Mary Joan Doran of the Queen of Peace (also known as Sister Mary Joan), OP, died May 17 at the Dominican Sisters Motherhouse in Fremont at the age of 99.
Sister Mary Joan was born in Centralia, Washington, on May 2, 1915, and she had two brothers and two sisters. The family moved to Portland, Oregon, where she attended the local Catholic schools before graduating from Marylhurst College, Portland, in 1913 with a major in chemistry and a minor in bacteriology. She worked as a registered lab technician in Seattle hospitals before joining the Dominican Sisters in August 1941. After her profession in 1943 she taught elementary school in Los Angeles and in Portland as a high school science teacher.
Sister Mary Joan had a bone disease in her youth requiring surgery and eventually amputation of her right leg. Treatment of this caused total deafness. She eventually learned to read lips and bore her handicaps with grace and good humor. Assigned to the Motherhouse, she worked for years in the Mater Dei Press and as a librarian. In 1979 she became a valuable assistant in the development office. In 2006 she moved to St. Martin's Residence at the Fremont Motherhouse and embraced the ministry of prayer.
The funeral Mass was held May 21 in the Dominican Chapel in Fremont. Her burial in God's Acre (the community's cemetery) took place the following morning.
Donations may be made in Sister's name to the Dominican Sisters Foundation or to the Building Project. Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose, 43326 Mission Blvd., Fremont, CA 94539-5829.
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