Gray, Nellie (Pro-Life Hero - 1924-2012) Nellie Gray, President of the March for Life Education and Defense Fund, passed away over the weekend at the age of 88. Nellie was a native of Big Spring, Texas. She served in World War II in the Women's Army Corps. Nellie's education included an undergraduate business degree, a master degree in economics, and ultimately a law degree from Georgetown Law Center. Nellie worked for more than twenty years for the U.S. Government in the Departments of State and Labor. After retiring from her federal career, Nellie played a key role in founding the March for Life in 1974, the peaceful prolife demonstration against abortion held every year on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade. She soon emerged as the leader of the annual event, and as an outspoken, eloquent advocate for the most vulnerable members of our society, the preborn. In addition to her heroic work for the March for Life, Nellie will be most remembered for her passionate stance that every life, born and preborn, aged and young, must be cherished and protected. No exception! No compromise! Until the very last moment of her life, Nellie pressed for unity in the prolife movement. She firmly believed that not a single preborn life should be sacrificed for any reason, and urged all prolife organizations to adopt the March for Life's signature statement, the Life Principles, as the guiding light for all participants in the noble cause to which she devoted her life. Nellie's funeral liturgy will take place at St. Mary, Mother of God Parish in Washington, D.C., on Friday, August 24, 2012 at 11:00am. St. Mary's is located in Chinatown at 727 5th Street NW, Washington, DC. There is limited seating in the church so please plan accordingly. Friends may call at the church to pay their respects on Thursday August 23, from 6:00 to 9:00pm, and on Friday morning from 10:00-11:00am, just prior to the funeral mass. In lieu of flowers, the Board of Directors suggests offering a memorial to the Nellie Gray Legacy Fund, which you may link to here. We have also opened the link to our Annual Report Messages page for those who would like to remember Nellie in a written tribute. The Board of Directors, alongside Nellie's many friends in the pro-life community, are in the process of planning a special memorial service in Nellie's honor at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. Once arrangements are finalized an announcement will be posted on our website.
Published in Washington Times from Aug. 22 to Sept. 20, 2012