Mary Ann Imblum, a member of St. Luke Parish in Woodburn, died March 29.

Born in Woodburn June 22,1955, she graduated from Woodburn High School and attended Chemeketa Community College.

Stolen as an infant and rescued, Mary Ann was grateful for her life. She was a vessel of loving service and had a spiritual “sixth sense” of discernment: she was a Benedictine Oblate of Mount Angel Abbey, where she worked the switchboard, fussed and prayed over the monks there, and assisted in medical caregiving for retired abbots, and then for her parents. She volunteered for Meals on Wheels, and was well known to help any soul in any way needed – a servant in every way. She had severe physical sufferings which she offered as prayers for others. A monk originally called her "God's Pitbull" because of her courage, fortitude and tenacity. Once she discovered someone was betrayed by an injustice, she did not let go until the situation was set right, and so was unpopular with wrongdoers.

In her memory, friends ask that you reach out to anyone in your path with a kind and humble gesture of service.