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Meningitis outbreak claims two members

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Two members of Churches of Christ were among at least eight people in Tennessee — and 21 nationally — to die from a fungal meningitis outbreak linked to tainted steroid shots.
Diana Elizabeth Reed was a 56-year-old wife and mother of two. The Otter Creek Church of Christ member died Oct. 3.
Reed was an avid reader and a woman of faith, someone who smelled the inside of a Bible every time she opened it, as if somehow inhaling its words, loved ones told The Tennessean.
A front-page New York Times story on Reed’s death reported that the Otter Creek church was bringing meals to her family and helping with laundry.
Reba Temple was known for checking in with the Centerville Church of Christ secretary once a week for years, asking who was sick so she could give them a call to encourage them, according to The Tennessean. The widowed mother and grandmother, 80, died Oct. 6.
“She was just a sweet Christian lady,” minister Shane Willis told the Nashville newspaper. “Everyone enjoyed being around her, having conversations with her. She had a great love for the church.
“She was known by many people,” the minister added, “and their remarks were very positive about her.”
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    Appreciated the November Opinion article by Brad Cox, detailing his contact with the KKK. Thank you for printing it.
    Jenene Marnach
    Newberg church of Christ
    Newberg, Oregon
    November, 1 2012

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