Sister Clare MacIsaac
Sister Clare MacIsaac (Sister Leo Marion) died at the Marie-Rose Center at Mary's Woods in Lake Oswego on March 26, 2011. She was 86. She was a vowed member of the Sisters of the Holy Names for 61 years. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held today, March 31, at 11 a.m. in the Provincial House Chapel.
Sister Clare was one of three girls and four boys born to John Alexander MacIsaac and Margaret Janet McDonald MacIsaac. The family lived in Everett, Wash. She had known she wanted to be a nun since she was six years old and during her sophomore year in high school she boarded at Holy Names Academy in Seattle. Following graduation in 1947 she entered the convent of the Holy Names.
She earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Marylhurst and later a master's degree at Notre Dame University, also in mathematics. She taught high school in Eugene and Medford and then earned a doctorate in mathematics from the University of Oregon.
She taught mathematics for many years at Marylhurst and St. Mary's Academy and served as registrar at Marylhurst before retiring to live in Portland, quite a change from convent life.
She moved to Mary's Woods in 2005.
Survivors include her brothers Joe, John Leo, Donald and Bill, nieces and nephews and members of her religious community.
Her sisters, Sister Colleen and Rosie, preceded her in death.
Remembrances may be made to the Holy Names Sisters Foundation, P.O. Box 411, Marylhurst, Ore., 97036.