Hospital Sisters of the Third Order Regular of St. Francis
"The LORD, the LORD, a merciful and gracious God, slow to anger and rich in kindness and fidelity,
continuing his kindness for a thousand generations, and forgiving wickedness and crime and sin.”
(Exodus 34: 6b -7a)
Sister M. Laverne Donahue, O.S.F. died on Monday, July 29, 2019 at 3:46 p.m. at St. Francis Convent, Springfield, Illinois.
Sister Laverne proclaimed God as a “merciful and gracious God, slow to anger and rich in kindness and fidelity” throughout her life and ministry. It is fitting that Sister Laverne died on the Memorial of St. Martha because she balanced her life with Martha as a real servant and with Mary as a real listener to God.
Sister Laverne, the former Elizabeth Mae Donahue, was born on July 30, 1924 in Holy Cross, Kentucky, the daughter of Charles and Mary Elizabeth Fogle Donahue. She entered the Congregation on February 1, 1948 and professed her religious vows on October 4, 1950.
Sister was a graduate of St. John’s Hospital School of Nursing in 1955 and in 1959 she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Pharmacy from Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska. She served the Community as a pharmacist from 1959 until 1969 at HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield and HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital in Streator, Illinois. She then served as the Directress of Junior Sisters at the Scholasticate in St. Louis, Missouri from 1970 until 1973. She served as the Postulant and Novice Directress at the Motherhouse from 1973 until 1979, as a Core Member of the House of Prayer in Henry, IL from 1979 until 1982, as Assistant to the Local Coordinator of the Motherhouse in Springfield from 1982 until 1988, and as a Retreat Director and Spiritual Director, as well as a volunteer for Hospice and Bereavement Home Care from 1989 until she retired in 201
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Joseph Lavelle Donahue, Joseph Lester Donahue, and Charles William Donahue.
She is survived by one brother and four sisters: James Donahue and Beulah Clark both of New Haven, Kentucky, Louise Miller, Gladys Corder, and Dolores Downs, all of Louisville, Kentucky, and several nieces and nephews. We offer Sister Laverne’s family and friends our sincere condolences and the prayerful support of the Christian community.
Sister Laverne is now sitting at the feet of the Lord like Mary did. May Sister Laverne intercede for us.