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REMARKABLE WOMEN

SISTER MARY ANTONA EBO

Sr. Mary Antona Ebo, 93, a Franciscan Sister of Mary who was the only African-American sister to march with the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the Selma protest for voting rights March 10, 1965, died November 11, 2017, at a retirement community outside St. Louis. She was a founding member of the National Black Sisters' Conference, which awarded her the Harriet Tubman Award, and she served as its president. Rest in peace, Sr. Mary Antona.

SCHARLETTE HOLDMAN--THE ANGEL OF DEATH ROW

Scharlette Holdman, whom many called "The Angel of Death Row," died in July, 2017, at the age of 70. For more than forty years, she defended some of the most notorious criminals in history. She started a small non-profit and made herself an expert in a part of criminal law that she believed could save some from the death penalty. It was said that she wasn't always the easiest person to deal with, but she was on a mission to protect the most vulnerable. Thank you, Scharlette, for working with these vulnerable people for so many years!

JANICE VANDERNECK, CSJ

Sr. Janice's life work is helping Latino Families. She is a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Bedan, Pennsylvania, and is founding director of Casa San Jose, a small Pittsburgh organization that "advocates for and empowers Latinos by promoting integration and self-sufficiency," according to its mission statement online.

Congratulations on your good work, Sr. Janice!

SISTER PAULA GONZALEZ

Environmentalists are mourning the death of Charity Sister Paula Gonzalez, a Cincinnati nun who spent the last 45 years of her life advocating for renewable energy. Widely known as "the solar nun," Gonzalez, 83, died July 31. It is probably no surprise that "Paula died on a SUN-day," reflected Canadian Charity Sr. Maureen Wild, spokesperson for the organization Sisters of Earth.