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Leontine T.C. Kelly dies at 92; first black woman bishop in a major Christian denomination
Leontine T.C. Kelly dies at 92; first black woman bishop in a major Christian denomination

Leontine T.C. Kelly, a daughter and wife of ministers who followed her own calling and became the first black woman bishop in a major Christian denomination when the United Methodist Church elevated her to the position in 1984, has died. She was 92. Kelly, who oversaw Northern California and Nevada for the church from 1984 to 1988 while based in San Francisco, died June 28, the denomination announced. She had been in poor health for some time while living at a retirement home in Oakland. When Kelly was named bishop at age 64, she became only the second woman to hold that post in the United Methodist Church. She also served as president of the denomination's Western Jurisdiction...

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