John-Henry Westen


March for Life leader Nellie Gray’s funeral to be held on Friday in D.C.

John-Henry Westen

WASHINGTON, August 22, 2012 ( – The funeral for March for Life President Nellie Gray who passed away last week, will take place at St. Mary, Mother of God Parish in Washington, D.C., on Friday, August 24, 2012 at 11:00am.

St. Mary’s is located in Chinatown at 727 5th Street NW, Washington, DC. Seating in the church is limited.

Visitation will be at the Church on Thursday August 23, from 6:00 to 9:00pm and again on Friday from 10:00 -11:00am.

There will be a Vigil Service at 7:30pm on Thursday, presided over by Fr. Alfred Harris, Nellie’s pastor, followed by a eulogy delivered by Pastor Luke Robinson of the Quinn Chapel AME Church in Frederick, Maryland. 

In lieu of flowers, the Board of Directors of the March for Life has suggested offering a memorial to the Nellie Gray Legacy Fund, which can be made here. Written tributes can be submitted online here.

The Board of Directors, alongside Nellie’s many friends in the pro-life community, are in the process of planning a special memorial service in Nellie’s honor at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. 

Priests for Life has planned another memorial in Gray’s honor to take place on the day of the March for Life. The national pro-life prayer service, which is to be held on the morning of Friday, January 25, in Washington, D.C. will be dedicated to the memory of Nellie, who led the March for Life every year since 1974.

The service will take place from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Jan. 25 in the DAR Constitution Hall, 1776 D Street Northwest, Washington, D.C. It is open to the public.

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