The Passing Of A Friend

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The Passing Of A Friend  Posted: April 27, 2007

We at the Kentucky Resources Council join friends and allies across the Commonwealth in expressing our sorrow and sympathy to the family of Mary Sue Whayne, who died April 26, 2007 at age 73 of congestive heart failure.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to her husband Robert, her daughter Barbara and son Kirk, and sisters Juanita and Margaret. A memorial service will be at 2 pm Sunday at the Brown Funeral Home in Clinton.

Sue was, Jenny Varden noted, "a person who made a positive difference, and her life stands as an inspiration." Robin Epstein's profile of Sue in Citizen Power: Stories of America's New Civic Spirit captured her courage and her tenacity. The profile can be found online at

We at KRC were privileged to work with Sue and the Coalition to Save the River Counties that she helped organize in defeating a proposed megalandfill in Hickman County. In more recent years, we worked with Sue in opposition to industrial livestock and poultry production operations that threaten the quality of life and environment in western Kentucky.

Sue was a courageous, caring, fearless woman whose strength of character and tenacity greatly benefited her community and the Commonwealth, and also buoyed the spirits of her friends and allies who fought with her over the years against being dumped on by out-of-state polluters and industrial hog operations.

Marian Wright Edelman penned this prayer in her book "Guide My Feet:"

Lord, help me not be a taker but a tender
Help me not be a whiner but a worker
Help me not be a getter but a giver
Help me not be a hindrance but a help
Lord Help me not be a critic but a catalyst for good.

Sue was a tender, a worker, a giver, a help and a catalyst for good. We have been blessed to have known Sue and in her honor, let us all rededicate ourselves to fighting for justice in all of its forms and facets.
By Kentucky Resources Council on 04/27/2007 5:32 PM
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