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Mary Lou devoted countless hours in community service through: leadership with adult and youth bowling leagues; league of women voters; poll worker; and registering voters. A modest, devoted, and outspoken woman and wonderful example to all. - Jo Anne Hayden

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She was a member of the “Committee of 24” that proposed the organizational structure for United Methodist Women in 1972. In 1976 Mai Gray, the first African American President for the United Methodist Women, introduced a revised charter for racial justice at the first meeting of the newly created UMW. Yvette Kim Richards, current UMW President, recalls Ms. Gray’s presence: ‘Mai Gray had a faith so strong that it radiated from her when I was in her presence. -Yvette Kim Richards UMW President

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I admire Raquel Mariscal from La Trinidad UMC in San Antonio, TX because she makes a difference in a faith path of mission. She makes it happen as President of UMW Rio Grande Conference during this transition period to unify Rio Grande and Southwest Texas Conferences. Blessings! - Elizabeth Jimenez

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In 2007, she ‘birthed’ the nonprofit Pitter Patter Pantry of Carroll County, Illinois. The mission is to “provide to low income families of Carroll County an alternative site to purchase essential items for children ages birth - 5 years.” Parents earn Baby Bucks that are ‘spent’ on clothing, diapers, wipes, blankets, cribs, high chairs, and dozens of other items. Supporters are civic, faith-based, agricultural, financial and school organizations with more than 40 volunteers. - Gretchen…

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It started with a coat. Anita was volunteering at the education center where refugees and other immigrants learn English. “I’ve got my son’s extra coats at home.” So she brought one the next day and gave it to one of the needy students. Then she got the idea of a “free table” where donations of other warm clothes could be donated. She appealed to the church and got donations. She d beyond the four walls of the church to “make it happen.” Anita is that kind of person. - Mary Hopkins

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At the District level, she was Treasurer of United Methodist Women, and a member of the District Board of Ministry for over 20 years. She was Florida Conference President of United Methodist Women when the Charter for Racial Justice Policies was to be voted on, and she itinerated each district of our conference to meet with women who had questions about this or any other issue. - Della Tuck

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One of the great legacies that she left to our church are the Chrismon decorations that she worked tirelessly on by hand sewing the many ornaments to each decoration. Those Chrismon decorations still adorn our lovely Chrismon tree each holiday season. Each year when we unpack and place them on the tree, someone is sure to comment on the making of the beautiful ornaments. - Kitty Bargeron, President of Wadley United Methodist Women

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She was in charge of training many acolytes of our church. She worked endlessly with each trainee until they could do it exactly right. She made sure they understood the reason for and the symbol of being an acolyte. She sat with the acolyte throughout the service to be sure they were paying attention to the service and knew exactly when to go into action to conclude the service by taking God's light out into the world. - Kitty Bargeron, President of Wadley United Methodist Women

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Giusy has had a long relationship with the work of United Methodist Women, and shared her gifts as retreat leader, youth study leader, writer for UMW Program book, Children’s Sunday School resources among others. In her role with the General Board of Global Ministries (Program Associate Mission and Evangelism), she has organized travel seminars to Sudan and Haiti. - Marisa Villarreal

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While raising your four children, you were active in the local unit, serving as President in the 1960's. As your children grew, so did you, moving into the District level first as Program Resources and eventually as District President in the 70's. In the 80's you started "Small Joys", a day care for 4 and 5 year olds. Many of our community were so glad their children's first school experience was with you. You have inspired many through out the years, leading by example. I love you. Kathy

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