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Donated money helps purchase a gravestone for Sister Jean Webster

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The influence of Sister Jean Webster is something that friends, family and the complete strangers she helped cannot deny.

"Jean just loved everybody," said close friend Sister Debbie Thomas.

But more than two years after her passing, Sister Jean’s final resting place remained unmarked. Family and friends at Victory First Presbyterian Deliverance Church in Atlantic City were trying to raise the money to buy a gravestone, but it wasn't until local radio host Harry Hurley got involved that the dream became a reality.

"He got on the radio and got all these volunteers from all over and they gave almost 1,400 dollars for the stone," said Thomas.

Additional money from the family helped put Jean’s photo on the gravestone and loved ones say the outpouring of support from the community just proves how loved and respected Sister Jean was.

"It has been a tremendous experience for all of us. I think we found out how many people really love Jean," said Pastor Charles Lyles from Victory First Presbyterian Deliverance Church.

I can’t imagine the number of lives and families she touched," said Sister Jean’s daughter Pastor Cecelia Woodard.

"They just remember cause I'm sure she’s touched the lives of so many people in Atlantic City."

Although Sister Jean may be gone, friends and family say they plan to use her memory as motivation and continue her work.

"Don't give up on her dream because she’s no longer here,” said Thomas.

“She’s still here in spirit and people still need to eat. They’re still hungry and they still need clothes."

And as loved ones paid their respects in Pleasantville, the kitchen named in her honor in Atlantic City was busy continuing to carry out the mission Sister Jean began decades ago.

"We know that Jean’s legacy will never die,” said Lyles.

“We'll be talking about Jean for many, many, many years, even after I'm gone. People will remember what she’s sown into our community."

Sister Jean's daughter now lives in Jackson, Mississippi and says she plans to bring the work her mother did to her new hometown.

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