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Patricia Sullivan

Good morning, obit readers.

Catholic feminist theologian Mary Daly, who taught at Boston College for 33 years, died. She was one of the most influential voices of the radical feminist movement through the later 20th century, says the National Catholic Reporter.

A tri-lingual singer who was compared to Edith Piaf, Tom Waits and Nick Cave, Lhasa de Sela died Jan. 1 in Montreal. Her songs drew on sources as diverse as Mexican ranchera, French chanson and Gypsy folk as well as alt. rock, country, gospel and the blues.

You may have heard that the oldest survivor of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake has died. Jeanette Scola Trapani was only four years old when the quake struck, but she had clear memories of the aftermath -- the fires that were far more devastating than the rock and roll of the earth.

The woman who gave Ebony magazine its name died over the weekend. Eunice W. Johnson, the widow of Johnson Publishing Co. founder John H. Johnson, died of renal failure on Sunday at her Chicago home. She was a traveling fashion show and raised millions for charity.

The Mango Lady of Liberty City (in Miami), Susie Elliott Goodwin died last March, but the Miami Herald reprinted her obit for an end-of-year story and it's a good read, and not only for lovers of the tropical fruit.

Freya von Moltke, 98, was a Resistance leader during World War II whose role only became clear in the past few decades, when her husband's letters, written after he was captured by the Gestapo, were published in German in 1988 as "Letters to Freya 1939-1945.'' Her memoirs, "Memories of Kreisau and the German Resistance,'' were first published in 1997.

By Patricia Sullivan  |  January 5, 2010; 8:24 AM ET
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Mary Daly actually considered herself a Pagan, not a Catholic.

She in fact told The Guardian newspaper of London, "I hate the Bible, I always did. I didn't study theology out of piety. I studied it because I wanted to know.''

Posted by: MrsBsConfession | January 7, 2010 9:35 AM | Report abuse

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