Mary Alice Foster Short, 79, of Philadelphia, who was revered because of the leadership role she played at her church, died Thursday, March 6, of cancer at her home.
Mrs. Short was active, until her death, at Mt. Zion Baptist Church of Holmesburg. Although she was addressed as "Reverend," she did not have a doctor of divinity degree. Instead, she earned an advanced degree in Bible studies from Manna Bible Institute in Philadelphia.
Mrs. Short retired in 1988 after working for 30 years as a secretary for the Philadelphia Board of Education.
Born in Jacksonville, Fla., she graduated from Stanton High School in 1952. After graduation, Mrs. Short moved to Philadelphia, where she finished two years of study at Temple University Extension School in 1954.