Dr. Maureen Calista Hendricks, 87, passed away peacefully March 7, 2022 in Evergreen, Colorado. Born in Brooklyn, New York on December 23, 1934, ten minutes before her identical twin Noelle Margaret Hendricks, Maureen was a scholar, spiritual leader and healer. Upon graduation from Saint Brendan's Diocesan High School in Brooklyn, New York, she won a scholarship to Maryview Hospital Nursing School in Portsmouth, Virginia where she earned her RN degree. She then joined the French or of nuns Daughters of Wisdom in 1953. During her years in the convent, she often worked 2 shifts at hospitals and at one point, she was the only RN in a Norfolk, Virginia infants home with over 100 babies and only 2 other sisters to care for them. In 1967, Maureen took a leave of absence from the order to pursue a B.S. in Nursing at Seton Hall University in New Jersey. Earning more scholarships, she moved to Denver, Colorado where she acquired 2 M.S. degrees in Midwifery and as a Nurse Practitioner from the University of Colorado. In 1971, Thomas McQuie Rauch, the love of her life and eternal soulmate, entered her life and they married August 13, 1972. A staunch feminist, member of Women Church and Mensa, Maureen was a dual citizen of Ireland and the United States. Continuing her medical practice, she studied to earn her doctorate at Colorado State University, becoming a Clinical Psychologist in marriage and family counseling in 1983. Soon after, she appeared on the "Phil Donohue Show" to discuss her dissertation "The Adjustment of Married Priests and Their Wives," an appropriate topic since Tom was a former Jesuit priest. She published scholarly articles as well; but, most of all, she touched countless people's lives and was deeply loved by family and friends alike. Although they could not live in the same area, she shared an inseparable bond with and love for her identical twin who was also a Daughter of Wisdom until 1967. Maureen is preceded in death by her father Edwin Vincent Hendricks, her mother Mary Frances "Molly" Taaffe Hendricks, 4 siblings: Edwin Vincent Hendricks, Jr., Judith Angela Hendricks, Thomas Edward Hendricks, Noelle Margaret Hendricks and by her beloved Thomas McQuie Rauch. She is survived by her sister Dr. Aileen Alana Hendricks (husband Donald Luke Couvillion), Baton Rouge, LA; 2 nephews: August William Wenck, Anna, TX and Robert William Wenck, Jr, Bryan, TX as well as 3 nieces: Kimmie and Kori Hendricks, Portland, OR and Yolanda Prevost Lyons (Cory), Temple, TX. Special friends and loved ones are too numerous to mention. A celebration of life is planned April 9, 2022 at 1:30 PM, Capitol Heights Presbyterian Church, 1100 Fillmore Street, Denver, CO 80206. A reception will follow in the church hall. Maureen and Tom's ashes will be scattered at a later date. The family extends thanks to her caregivers Lin and Jerry Collins and Mount Evans Home Care and Hospice. In lieu of flowers, donations to charities of one's choice are preferred.
Thomas McQuie Rauch, a former Jesuit priest passed away in Evergree, Colorado on January 14, 2021. He was eighty-nine years old. Tom was employed by the American Friends Service Committee.
He recorded a oral history for Carnegie Library about his work with this committee.
They attended the CORPUS Washington Conference 1988