Official Obituary of

Sr. Joanne Cullimore, OP

March 15, 1931 ~ February 13, 2024 (age 92) 92 Years Old

Sr. Joanne Cullimore, OP Obituary

Sr. Joanne Cullimore, OP
March 15, 1931 — February 13, 2024

Sister Joanne Cullimore, a Dominican Sister of San Rafael for 69 years, died peacefully on February 13, 2024 surrounded by her Dominican Sisters. A gifted story-teller in both word and visual art with a keen sense of and appreciation for color and light, Sr. Joanne led a rich and colorful life. Much like the landscapes she would often paint to savor a moment or remember a vista, Sr. Joanne’s life and experiences with people around the world is a vibrant canvas to behold.   Born Joan Joy Cullimore in Bakersfield to Clarence and Rosemary Cullimore, Sr. Joanne and her brother Clarence, Jr. grew up in a loving home that would greatly influence her love of learning and her creative pursuits. An astute student of life, Sr. Joanne’s interests were varied—be it religious sculpture, especially the crucifix, or the daily activity at the bird feeder outside her window, Sr. Joanne was in touch with her surroundings and with what moved her. Her watercolors have been described as a “warm personal response to the gentle gifts of nature”; they often display “a wash of warm color suffused with light.” Please read more about Sister Joanne’s life at
A Mass of the Resurrection will take place on March 4 at 10:00 am in the Dominican Sisters Gathering Space (1520 Grand Avenue, San Rafael). Following the Funeral Mass, Sr. Joanne will be buried in St. Dominic’s Cemetery in Benicia.
Memorial gifts in honor of Sr. Joanne Cullimore may be made to the Retirement Fund, Dominican Sisters of San Rafael, Advancement Office, 1520 Grand Avenue, San Rafael, CA 94901.

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Mass of Christian Burial
March 4, 2024

10:00 AM
Dominican Sisters Gathering Space
1520 Grand Avenue
San Rafael, CA 94901


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