Sister Ann Jeanette Gootee died on Jan. 16, 2018, in Mother Theodore Hall, St. Mary-of-the-Woods. She was born in Indianapolis, Ind., on June 21, 1926, to Roy J. and Vada P. Owens Gootee, and was baptized Margaret Jeanette.
Sister entered the Congregation of the Sisters of Providence on Jan. 10, 1944, and professed Final Vows on Aug. 15, 1951. She earned a bachelor's degree from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College and a master's degree from Butler University, both in music. She also earned a master's in social work from St. Louis University. In her 74 years as a Sister of Providence, she ministered as a music teacher for 25 years in schools in Indiana, Illinois, Texas, California, Oklahoma and Washington, D.C. In 1971, she left teaching for social work, ministering in Indiana for eight years and then for 12 years with the Sacred Heart Southern Missions and Catholic Social Services in Mississippi. Between these two assignments (1980-88), she served as provincial councilor for the Motherhouse Province. In 2000, Sister returned again to the Motherhouse, serving her sisters in Providence Health Care. Beginning in 2008, she dedicated herself totally to the ministry of prayer.
Sister Ann Jeanette was a loving person with a beautiful smile that will be remembered by all who knew her. She had a passion for making life better for others, especially the less privileged, both in her immediate surroundings and beyond. With good leadership skills and with a gentle manner, she was willing to take on the challenge of making changes to bring this about.
Sister is survived by nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a sister, Patricia Dyer; and three brothers, Robert, Bernard and Burdean "Joe" Gootee.
The wake is from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 22, in the Church of the Immaculate Conception, with the wake service at 4:30 p.m. The mass of Christian burial is at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 23, with the Rev. Daniel R. Hopcus presiding. Burial is in the cemetery of the Sisters of Providence. DeBaun Funeral Homes and Crematory assisted with arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of Providence, 1 Sisters of Providence, St. Mary-of-the-Woods, IN 47876.
Published on January 19, 2018