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Sister Paula Guhs, PBVM
August 8th, 2016

Presentation Sister Paula Guhs died July 14 at the Presentation Motherhouse in San Francisco. Sister Paula was born in 1922 and was a Sister of the Presentation for 76 years.


Sister Paula earned an undergraduate degree in education and an elementary teaching credential from Immaculate Heart College, Hollywood. In the Archdiocese of San Francisco, Sister Paula taught at schools including Cathedral Presentation, Epiphany, St. Teresa, and St. Elizabeth, San Francisco. She also served at the motherhouse in roles including infirmary directress.


In the summer of 1989 and for the entire year of 1991, Sister Paula served at the sisters’ mission in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, where she taught sewing to Huastecan women.


Sister Paula also served in Los Angeles, Montebello, San Jose, Gilroy, and Washington state.


In addition to her 38 years in the classroom, Sister Paula was a religious education teacher, vice-principal, teen moderator, first-aid instructor, bookkeeper, missionary and a driver.


Returning to the Motherhouse as a resident in 2006, Sister Paula continued her ministry of prayer.


Survivors include her sister Dorothy Smith, a niece, Jennie Ruth Henderson, and a nephew, Scott Evan Handt.


A funeral Mass was celebrated July 20 at the motherhouse.


Memorial contributions can be sent to Sisters of the Presentation, Development Office, 281 Masonic Ave., San Francisco 94118.


From August 11, 2016 issue of Catholic San Francisco.






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