It’s hard to believe that Nellie Gray has died. Apparently she passed away over the weekend in her Washington DC apartment.
Nellie founded the March for Life, but often related to me how she really never intended to do so. She just hosted a meeting of other interested parties, who decided to hold a march in response to the dreadful Roe vs. Wade decision. They thought, Nellie said, that they could do it once and then the matter would be done with. But one march led to another and to another.
But Nellie never tired.
In recent years, she would often say to me, “I’m not as fast as I used to be in doing all of this.” And a few years ago, she tripped on the stage during the Rally on the March for Life day. I went to check on her in the emergency room that afternoon, and she was quickly on the mend. The very next morning, when we had a scheduled meeting of prolife leaders, there she was, present and accounted for, with a big bandage on her head, but nevertheless fully engaged in the meeting.
She was the same way just a couple of weeks ago when I met with her to discuss plans for this coming January’s march. Fully engaged, as if it were the first day of the battle. “We need to do something to pull this movement together, in unity, on the Life Principles,” she said, with as much determination as I have ever heard.
May we all move forward, with a double portion of her spirit!