A Mass of Christian Burial for Sister Francis Louviere DC was celebrated Oct. 17 at Seton Residence Chapel in Evansville, Indiana. Burial followed at St. Joseph Cemetery in Evansville.

Sister Francis, who served for nearly 40 years at the National Hansen’s Disease Center in Carville, died Oct. 15 at Seton Residence at the age of 90. She served 70 years as a Daughter of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul.

Born in Patterson, Louisiana on May 3, 1925 as Emmadel Elizabeth, Sister Francis was one of four children born to Otis Johnson and Lucille Angelina (Hebert) Louviere. She entered the Daughters of Charity in St. Louis, Missouri in January of 1945.

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Sister Francis earned her nursing diploma from St. Joseph Hospital in Chicago in 1949 and her bachelor of science degree in nursing education from DePaul University, Chicago, in 1952.

Sister Francis served as head nurse, clinical instructor and teacher at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana from 1952-53. For the next 37 years, she served in Carville in a variety of roles (clinical nurse, 1953-1957; head nurse psychiatry, 1957 -1964; staff nurse, 1964 – 1967; clinical nurse, 1967 – 1969; relief nurse, 1969 – 1971; and clinical nurse supervisor, 1971 – 1983).

Sister Francis next served in medical records at St. Paul Medical Center in Dallas, from 1983-1992 and in parish ministry at Holy Trinity Parish in Dallas from 1992 – 1994.

She returned to Carville and served as sacristan and driver from 1994 to 2003 before moving to New Orleans where she joined the Ministry of Prayer in 2003. Sister Francis was preceded in death by her parents and her sisters, Audrey Bourgeois and Sister Marion Louviere OCarm. She is survived by her sister, Gertrude LeBlanc of Gretna, nieces and nephews; her sisters in community and many friends. Donations in Sister Francis’ memory may be made to the Daughters of Charity, Province of St. Louis, 4330 Olive Street, St. Louis, MO 63108.