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Remembering Mary Lack aka ‘Wonder Woman’


Mary Elizabeth Lack, MBE | 16 May 1929 – 31 May 2021


"On the morning of May 31, the Church of Cape Town lost a great force of faith and kindness. Mary Elizabeth Lack, who for many years served on the board of directors of The Southern Cross, passed away peacefully in her assisted living home at Nazareth House in the company of her much-loved Sr Margaret Craig.


She came to South Africa from England in 1965 and embarked on a life of voluntary service that started with the Catholic Immigrants’ Society and the Apostleship of the Sea and led to her becoming a founding member of the Catholic Welfare Bureau, which later became Catholic Welfare & Development (CWD)."


Rosanne Shields


"Mary was very special to NOAH as she was instrumental in starting a soup kitchen in E section, Khayelitsha in the early ’80s which soon progressed into the NOAH lunch club named Monwabisi ‘place of happiness’.


So apt, because that is what Mary did – she brought happiness and joy, always, to so many over many, many years.


Mary’s beaming smile and unique laugh will be forever etched in our minds, as will her dance moves and less than subtle probing questions. She was an inspiration – her deep desire to do good, her humility, generosity, boldness, and braveness leave a legacy that we will strive to hold high at NOAH, in her honour, and for generations of elders to come. RIP, dear Mary"


Anne Dobson, NOAH Director

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