Thursday, 18 April 2013 09:32
Sister Maureen (Mary Louise) Dougherty died April 11. A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated for her on Tuesday, April 16, at the Wichita Center of the Congregation of St. Joseph in Wichita.
The second daughter in a family of five girls and one boy, she was born Sept. 25, 1921, in west Wichita to Raymond and Anna Ternes Dougherty.
Her education from first grade through Junior College was at St. John’s Academy/Sacred Heart Junior College (now Newman University). After graduation she taught in grades one through eight in rural schools for several years, followed by a stint of employment as deputy clerk of the district court of Sedgwick County from 1943 to 1945.
In 1945, she entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Wichita and was received into the congregation on Aug. 15, 1945. Her ministries in the congregation included teaching in diocesan elementary schools in Ft. Scott, Arkansas City, St. Anthony’s in Wichita, St. Mary of the Plains Academy in Dodge City, St. Paul, Kan., and Odin High School. Her career in education concluded at St. Mary of the Plains College in Dodge City as an associate professor of business and economics.
In addition to an associate degree from Sacred Heart Junior College, Sr. Maureen earned a bachelor’s degree from Friends University, a master’s degree from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., and a doctor of business administration from the University of Oregon in Eugene.
In 1972 she was elected assistant general superior. After 1980 she became involved in Health care Administration as CEO of the hospital in Ponca City and positions in Senior Health Care in the CSJ Health System. For many years she participated on boards and committees for hospitals of the Sisters of St. Joseph in Dodge City, Wichita, Ponca City and Blackwell, Okla., and Senior Services in Concordia, Georgetown Village Wichita, Catholic Care Center, and Manhattan. Her service continued after CSJ Health System was folded into Via Christi Health.
In addition to her community, she is survived by three sisters: Frances Frigo, Regina Drescher, and Patricia Bolte, as well as a number of nieces, nephews, and many friends.
Memorial contributions may be made to Sisters of St. Joseph Dear Neighbor Ministries.