In Memoriam


Sister Mary Irene Walker, baptized Janet Murray Walker, died Sunday, March 28, 2021, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 84 years of age and in the 65th year of her religious profession: 33 years in the Tacoma (Washington) Dominican Congregation; 14 years with the Dominican Sisters of Edmonds (Washington), and in her 18th year in the Adrian Dominican Congregation after the Adrian and Edmonds congregations merged in 2003.

Sister Mary Irene was born in Seattle, Washington, to Glen and Irene (Spanbauer) Walker. She graduated from Aquinas Academy in Tacoma, Washington, and received a bachelor’s degree in education and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting, both from Fort Wright College in Spokane, Washington.

Sister Mary Irene spent 32 years ministering in education in Bakersfield, California, and in Yakima, Seattle, Tacoma, and Mountlake Terrace, Washington. She also ministered for 16 years in childcare, retreats and art in Bremerton, Tracyton, and Edmonds, Washington. 

Sister Mary Irene became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in 2010. She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister, Barbara Walker Goodman and her brother, Peter. She is survived by loving nephews, nieces, and a sister-in-law, Barbara Walker of Marietta, Georgia, and her Adrian Dominican Sisters.

Due to COVID-19 mitigation protocols, the Dominican Life Center is closed until further notice to all guests or visitors. All are welcome to participate in Sister’s wake and funeral via live stream.

Prayers of Committal and burial for Sister Mary Irene were held on Monday, March 29, 2021, in the Congregation Cemetery. A Memorial Mass will be held on Wednesday, March 31, 2021, at 10:30 a.m. EDT in St. Catherine Chapel, and the Ritual of Remembering will be held on Wednesday, March 31, 2021, at 2:00 p.m. EDT in the Rose Room. 

make a memorial giftMemorial gifts may be made to Adrian Dominican Sisters, 1257 East Siena Heights Drive, Adrian, Michigan, 49221. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Anderson-Marry Funeral Home, Adrian.


Sister's Prayer Card (PDF)


Memorial Mass for Sister Mary Irene

Worship Aid (PDF)

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Ritual of Remembering for Sister Mary Irene

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