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Camillus Elliott, CSJP (1919-2018)

Sister Camillus Elliott, CSJP, a great nurse and beloved Sister of St. Joseph of Peace died April 2nd, 2018 in Bellevue, WA. After many years of nursing with PeaceHealth, in 1982 she came to St. Mary-on-the-Lake, the sisters’ residence in Bellevue, WA to care for the senior sisters. She continued to be a hospitable and cherished member of the community for the rest of her life.

Born in Hacketstown, Ireland in 1919, Bridget Mary (Sister Camillus) was the daughter of Mary and Michael Elliott and the eldest of their eight children. In 1937 she traveled to the United States to enter the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace in Bellingham, Washington and professed her final vows in 1943. This year was her 80th Jubilee (anniversary) of entering religious life.

Sister Camillus trained as a nurse during her novitiate in Bellingham, and Wenatchee, WA, and ministered in PeaceHealth Hospitals in Eugene, Ketchikan, Longview and Wenatchee. The Emergency Department was her favorite station, because “you were always busy doing something there.”

In more recent years she assisted with the healthcare needs of the senior sisters at St. Mary-on-the-Lake. Sister Camillus also loved to sit in the dining room at St. Mary’s with her cup of coffee, welcoming guests and sharing conversation with Sisters and employees, and she was always the first to learn a new card game.

At her 60th Jubilee in 1998, Sister Camillus expressed her gratitude “for the ways my life has been blessed by wonderful parents who were the first to help me know God; by the sisters who have loved and supported me, by the many co-workers who enriched my life and by the patients I ministered to who enabled me to know the deeper meaning of life.”


Camillus Elliott, CSJP (1919-2018)

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