Mayor Rogero's Statement on the Passing of Ellen Turner

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Mayor Rogero's Statement on the Passing of Ellen Turner

Posted: 04/23/2015
Ellen TurnerBelow is a statement from Mayor Madeline Rogero on Ellen Turner, co-founder of the Love Kitchen, who died Wednesday night at the age of 87. 

"I am very sad to hear of the passing of Ellen Turner, who for so long served our community as a beacon of faith, hope and compassion. As many people have said over the years, the Love Kitchen feeds both body and soul, providing not just meals to the hungry but comfort and caring to those most in need. 

Ellen Turner, Mayor Rogero, Helen AsheEllen and Helen have been celebrated nationally for their dedication and selflessness, but I don't think even appearing on Oprah Winfrey's show mattered to Ellen except as a way to spread her message of love. My prayers and thoughts are with her sister Helen, with all her family members, and with the many thousands of people in our community who knew and loved her as a friend."