Sister Elaine was a creative and talented teacher and liturgy planner, and much loved by her students, friends and family.
Sister Elaine was a teacher at Mother of Good Counsel School in Louisville (1973-74) and Trinity High School in Whitesville, Ky. (1977-78); teacher and principal at St. Paul School, Leitchfield, Ky., (1969-73), St. Teresa School, Glennonville, Mo., (1974-77) and St. Peter of Alcantara, Stanley, Ky., (1978-81); and principal at St. Romuald High School, Hardinsburg, (1981-83). She was coordinator of religious education at St. Romuald from 1983-88 and served in community vocation ministry (1991-98). She served as a pastoral associate in the Kentucky parishes of St. Mary, LaCenter (1988-94), St. Charles, Bardwell (1988-89), St. Francis DeSales, Paducah (1989-92), Precious Blood, Owensboro (1997-98), St. Thomas More, Paducah (2006-07) and St. Jerome, Fancy Farm (2009-2011). She was the campus minister at the St. Thomas Aquinas Newman Center in Bowling Green (1998-2006), and coordinator of liturgy and spiritual formation there (2007-09).
Survivors include two sisters, Margie Rode of Whiteland, Ind., and Mary Lou Payne of Philpot; three brothers, J.L. Byrne, Tony Byrne and Eddie Byrne, all of Owensboro, and a sister-in-law, Barbara Byrne, of Owensboro; nieces and nephews and the members of her religious community.
The funeral Mass was held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24 at Mount Saint Joseph, where visitation began Monday 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 Elaine 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.