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Sr. Pat Kelley (died September 27, 1987)


Sr. Patricia Anne Kelley (1936–1987) was a daughter of St. Louis and died serving the city she loved. A teacher and pastoral minister for 25 years, Pat returned from a year in the desert, determined to devote the rest of her life to helping the poor and elderly. Sister Pat became a dynamic voice for the poor, establishing the independent nonprofit, Energycare, Inc. and with the St. Louis gas company, Dollar Help. Her work on the local, state, and national levels earned her the St. Louis Globe-Democrat’s Humanities Award in 1984, the only woman so honored in the twenty-six year history of the award. On September 27, 1987, Sr. Pat Kelley was murdered by someone she let into her office to help.

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