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Sister Geraldine Duran Neé Maria Magdalena Duran

Franciscan Sister of Mary Immaculate, Sister Geraldine Duran, neé Maria Magdalena Duran, 99 years, passed away peacefully after a lengthy illness.

Rosary will be said at 7:30 p.m., Friday, March 3, 2023, at Sisters of St. Francis Convent.  Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, March 4, 2023, at St. Laurence Church, 2300 N. Spring St.   Burial will be in Llano East Cemetery. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd, Amarillo, Texas.

Sister Geraldine Duran was born in El Llano-Anton Chico, NM on March 6, 1923, the third of six children born to Juan I. Duran and Avelina Garcia-Dura, and entered the novitiate at the former St. Mary’s Convent in Santa Fe in 1941. She made her first vows on Jan. 6, 1944, in Santa Fe and her perpetual vows on Jan. 6, 1947, in Aragon, NM.  Sister Geraldine marked her Silver Jubilee in 1969, her Golden Jubilee in 1994, and her Diamond Jubilee in 2006.

Sister Geraldine served the Church as a Franciscan Sister of Mary Immaculate for nearly 80 years, ministering to young children as a teacher in Aragon, New Mexico; at St. Anthony’s School, Hereford, Texas; Resurrection School in Los Angeles, California; and, at St. Laurence School, Amarillo, Texas. She also performed pastoral work in Lubbock, Texas, and served as a librarian at Alamo Catholic High School (now Holy Cross Catholic Academy) in Amarillo, Texas.

Sister Geraldine was the owner of a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and a Master’s Degree in Library Science. She studied at Incarnate Word College and Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio; Immaculate Heart College in Los Angeles; the University of Albuquerque; and, Catholic University in Washington, D.C.

After spending 40 years in education, Sister Geraldine retired and served the community as provincial superior twice and as Provincial Counselor and house superior.

Sister Geraldine was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Reynaldo Duran, and her sisters Mary Sanchez, Benita Kieweit de Jong, Frances Paiz, and Corinne Duran.

She is survived by nieces, Margaret Lucero and Susan Marquez, of New Mexico,  Denisse Holiday, Ramona Montgomery and Betina Paiz of Arizona, Annette Kieweit de Jong of California,  and nephews Tony Aragon and Frank Sanchez of New Mexico, and John Paiz of New Mexico.  She is also survived by several great-nieces and nephews and their children.
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