Sister Blanche Rita Bickett, OSU

Sister Blanche Rita Bickett, 98, an Ursuline Sister of Mount Saint Joseph, died Jan. 10 at Mount Saint Joseph, in her 80th year of religious life.

A native of Uniontown, Ky., she ministered at St. James Convent, Wynot, Neb., (1933-34), Sacred Heart Academy, Waterflow, N.M., (1935-39), St. Columba Convent, Louisville (1939-46), St. Francis of Assisi Convent, St. Francis, Ky., (1947), St. Martin of Tours Convent, Flaherty, Ky., (1947-48), and St. Bartholomew Convent, Louisville (1948-52).

From 1952 until her retirement in 1989, she ministered at the Ursuline Sisters Motherhouse, with two years as kitchen coordinator and 45 years as laundry coordinator. During those years she acted as a mother figure for several young girls who needed a motherly presence. She was known for her sense of humor and being forever cheerful.

Survivors include nieces and good friends, and the members of her religious community.

The funeral Mass was held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, at Mount Saint Joseph, where visitation began Thursday at 4 p.m., with a wake service following at 6:30 p.m.

Glenn Funeral Home and Crematory, Owensboro, is in charge of arrangements.

Gifts in memory of Sister Blanche Rita may take the form of donations to the Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph, 8001 Cummings Road, Maple Mount, KY 42356.

Wake reflection located on page 2.