Audrey (Vinciana) Bushell



Sister Audrey was born on Feb. 17, 1925 in Detroit to Aaron and Margaret (Griffin) Bushell and was baptized, Audrey Cecelia. She attended St. Rose Grade School and High School in Detroit and graduated in 1943. That same year, she entered the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Monroe and received the religious name of Sister Vinciana.

Sister Audrey earned a bachelor’s degree from Marygrove College and taught elementary grades in Michigan at St. John and Hall of the Divine Child, Monroe; Saints Peter and Paul, Ionia; Holy Redeemer and Christ the King, Detroit; and also at St. Felicitas and St. Rene in Chicago. While in the Detroit area, she studied art at Wayne State University and earned a Master of Education degree. She went on to teach high school at St. Mary of Redford, Detroit; and Brother Rice, Bloomfield Hills, Mich., and spent more than 20 years teaching, mainly art.

Sister Audrey retired to the Motherhouse in 1993 and remained active by volunteering in the Archives office and offering her creative talents to members of the Motherhouse community. She entered the IHM Health Care Center in 2006.

Sister Audrey is survived by her nieces and her sisters in community. Her brothers, Aaron (who also was called Pat) and Robert, preceded her in death. Here is her Remembering.