Sister Regina Norris died on April 29 in Mother Theodore Hall, St. Mary-of-the-Woods. She was born on Jan. 24, 1936 in Bicknell, IN to Donald and Ora Keasling Norris and was baptized Donna Regina.
Sister Regina entered the Congregation of the Sisters of Providence on Sept. 18, 1961 and received the name Sister Regina Clare. She professed Final Vows on Aug. 15, 1969. She earned a bachelor's degree and a master's degree both in elementary education from Indiana University. Of her 58 years as a Sister of Providence, she ministered as a primary teacher for 35 years in four schools in Indiana, namely, St. Leonard in West Terre Haute (1964-65), Annunciation in Brazil (1965-67), St. Charles in Bloomington (1967-78) and finally, St. Jude in Indianapolis until 1999. Retiring then from full time teaching, she remained at St. Jude and served the next 14 years as substitute teacher and tutor. In 2013, she returned to the Motherhouse where she tutored at Educational Family Services until its closing. In 2018, she committed herself totally to the ministry of prayer.
Sister Regina was a caring person, a creative teacher, and a faithful friend. She truly embodied Saint Mother Theodore's directive to "Love the children first, then teach them."
Due to the restrictions on group meetings, no public wake and funeral is scheduled. Burial is in the cemetery of the Sisters of Providence on May 5. One may share or read memories of Sister Regina on the Sister of Providence webpage at www.spsmw.org/category/obituaries. The DeBaun Funeral Homes and Crematory assisted with arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of Providence, 1 Sisters of Providence, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, IN 47876-1007.
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