Slain nuns being honored in funerals in Kentucky, Wisconsin

Mourners are remembering a slain nun for her service to others in one of the country’s most poverty-stricken counties.
    
An overflow crowd of more than 300 gathered Friday to pay respects to Sister Paula Merrill in the same Kentucky church where she took her vows decades ago with the Kentucky-based Sisters of Charity of Nazareth.
    
Merrill and another nun, Sister Margaret Held, were stabbed to death a week ago in their home in Durant, Mississippi, where they worked in a medical clinic. Both were 68.
    
Congregational leader Susan Gatz said Merrill dedicated "her whole self to make life a little more hopeful" for those she served.
    
Held’s funeral is taking place Friday in Milwaukee.
    
Rodney Earl Sanders, 46, of Kosciusko, Mississippi, is charged with two counts of capital murder.

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