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Patricia Sullivan

Greetings, readers of obituaries. A nice array today of accomplished women.

As bashful as a buzz saw, Gerry Kreml would sweep into newspaper offices, television and radio stations with handfuls of circus passes in the 1970s. She would typically begin her greeting with, "Darling. How have you been? It's so-o-o-o good to see you. Wait 'til you see the circus this year." The advance woman for the circus died Dec. 4.

Maria Boulding
, a Benedictine nun who died Nov. 11, translated St Augustine's Confessions and his Expositions of the Psalms in several volumes, to much acclaim. A member of a cloistered community, in 1985 she obtained permission from the abbess to become a hermit - a state of life only granted to nuns or monks considered to be sufficiently mature in their monastic vows. She remained a hermit until 2004 and it was during these years that she became best known for her writing and translations.

From the sacred to the comedic: Willie Maxine Perry, the mother of comedian Tyler Perry and the inspiration for his Medea character, has died at age 64.

One of Canada's best classical actresses, Goldie Semple died Wednesday of cancer. She divided her career between the Shaw and Stratford Festivals and was praised as "a leading lady who was not only a statuesque beauty but had extraordinary warmth and intelligence."

By Patricia Sullivan  |  December 10, 2009; 8:44 AM ET
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