Tuesday, August 4, 2015

RIP, Sister Jean Webster

RIP, Sister Jean Webster

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 RIP Sister Jean Webster, who fed the homeless and anyone who showed up for 25 years, first out of her home on Indiana Avenue in Atlantic City, then out of the First Presbyterian Church on Pacific Avenue across from the Trump Taj Mahal. She called the people who came for meals her "guests" and said she never ever questioned why they were there, or if they were truly needy. She even welcomed the frugal regulars from New York's Chinatown who came over from the Taj Mahal for the free lunch buffet and then walked back over to the roulette table. It was all God's plan, she said, and everyone was there for their own reasons. Sister Jean, 76, had been fighting cancer for quite awhile. She died Monday afternoon. Funeral services were still incomplete. Donations in her memory may be sent to the Friends of Jean Webster, P.O. Box 5146, Atlantic City, NJ 08401.

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