Kin Mourn Missionary Slain in Yemen
GREENFIELD, Wis. (AP) _ More than 100 friends and family members gathered Monday night to remember one of the medical missionaries gunned down in Yemen last week, calling her a selfless leader to young people.
The memorial service for Kathleen Gariety was held at the Layton Avenue Baptist Church in suburban Milwaukee, where she was youth director before she left for Yemen in 1992.
``She’s still my teacher,″ said Clara Alcott, who was in Gariety’s youth group. ``I saw somebody finish the race, and I saw somebody finish the race sprinting.″
Gariety, 53, and two other missionaries were shot and killed Dec. 30 at a Baptist hospital in Yemen, where Gariety had lived and worked for 10 years.
A Yemeni security official has said the alleged attacker and his suspected collaborator are believed to belong to a terrorist cell linked to al-Qaida. Gariety was meeting with other workers when the gunman entered the room and opened fire.
She was buried in a Milwaukee cemetery Monday; the other two missionaries were buried in a cemetery on hospital grounds last week.
Jenni Borenz Schwager recalled how Gariety once packed a handful of teenagers into her small car to go for pie after a youth meeting one night.
``Kathy was such a giving person,″ Borenz Schwager said. ``Her example of leadership will be ever-present in my life.″
Doris Moorman told the congregation about how her son refused to replace his tattered Bible because Gariety had written in it years ago.
Thai Hua said he came to Wisconsin 20 years ago from Vietnam and met Gariety through the church. She would pick him and his brother up every Sunday and take them to the services.
``I came to this country without parents,″ he said. ``She’s almost like my mother.″