The following story appeared in the June 9 Idaho Catholic Register.
COTTONWOOD – Sister Geraldine (Gerry) Marie Smith, 79, passed into eternal life on June 3, at the Center for Benedictine Life at the Monastery of St. Gertrude in Cottonwood.
Sister Gerry Marie was born on Sept. 12, 1943 in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. After coming to the United States, she entered the Monastery of St. Gertrude in 1969. She made her final profession in 1975.
She attended St. Gertrude’s College before transferring to Lewis-Clark State College where, in addition to her studies, she played basketball. Continuing her education at Whitworth College in Spokane, she later earned her teaching credential at the University of Idaho in Moscow.
Sister Gerry Marie taught in Boise, Pocatello, Seattle, and in DeSmet at the Coeur d’Alene Tribal School, worked in the monastery archives and served in parish ministry before returning to college to earn a master’s degree in counseling in 1995. Working as a therapist and mental health counselor in Tacoma, she served emotionally and physically abused children and adults. In 2009, Sister Gerry Marie became a certified spiritual director, ministering at the Spirit Center in Cottonwood and in Pullman, Wash., until her retirement in 2021.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on June 7. Memorial gifts can be made to the Monastery of St. Gertrude, 465 Keuterville Road, Cottonwood, ID, 83522, or via the website at stgertrudes.org/donate/ .
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