Sr. Patricia (Joan of Arc) Guthrie, IHM

Sr. Patricia Guthrie, IHM, 92, died Feb. 21 in the IHM Health Care Center in Monroe.

Sr. Guthrie

Sr. Guthrie was one of six daughters of Hallie and Olive (Kalso) Guthrie. Born in Detroit on Nov. 26, 1924, she entered the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Monroe in 1942 and received the religious name, Sr. Joan of Arc.

After earning degrees from Marygrove College and Loyola University in Chicago, Sr. Guthrie began a 38-year career in formal education. She taught in Monroe at St. Mary and St. John, where she also served as principal; in Detroit at Gesu, St. Francis de Sales and Christ the King, where she also served as principal; and as supervisor of Upper Elementary Schools, Detroit, for seven years. The next five years were spent at Lansing Catholic High School in administration and as principal.

In 1976, she was called to community leadership as provincial and co-provincial for the Northwest Province of the IHM congregation until 1982. She was elected by the community to serve on the IHM Leadership Council from 1988-94.

After a well-earned sabbatical year, she became an assistant in the Office of Christian Education for the Archdiocese of Detroit for nine years. In 2004, she retired to the IHM Motherhouse and volunteered doing works of justice, peace and undoing racism, as well as lector, Eucharistic minister and evening prayer leader.

She is survived by her sisters, Mary Calder and Joan Rybinski; many nieces and nephews; and her sisters in community. She was preceded in death by her sisters Helen (Agnes Rita, IHM), Janette Crawford and Geraldine Dorey. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Feb. 24 at the IHM Motherhouse. Burial is in St. Mary Cemetery on the Motherhouse Campus.