Maryell Cleary grew up a Roman Catholic in western New York state. She became a Unitarian in college, attended Meadville Theological School, graduating in 1950. She was ordained by the Free Religious Fellowship, a mostly African-American Unitarian church in Chicago. After marriage, two children, work in religious education and elementary education, she became a parish minister in 1971, and retired in 1990. Since when she has been active in pro-choice work and has published an anthology of the late Kenneth Patton's work, The Wonder of Life (1997) and edited A Bold Experiment: The Charles Street Universalist Meeting House (2000). She died July 1, 2003.
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