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Church Women United in Washington County honors 'Valiant Women'

November 11, 2011
  • Grace Snively, left, and Doris Middleton were recently honored as Valiant Women at the annual meeting of Church Women United in Washington County.
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Two women who have been pillars in their church and the community were recognized as Valiant Women at the annual meeting of Church Women United in Washington County.  

Valiant Women are those who have made outstanding commitments or given lifelong support for the goals of the Church Women United movement.

Doris Middleton and Grace Snively were recently honored.

Middleton, a member of First Christian Church, served as president of CWU in Washington County and on the CWU in Maryland Executive Council.  

In her local church, she has served as president of the Christian Women's Fellowship and the Capital Christian Church Disciples of Christ National/International Women's Quadrennial for many years.

Snively is a member of Ebenezer African Methodist Episcopal Church, were she has served as church secretary, as treasurer of the Women's Missionary Group, and as a delegate to annual and general conferences. At the age of 98, she continues to serve as a member emeritus of the Board of Trustees.  

Snively was inducted into the Maryland Women's Hall of Fame in 1999 in recognition of her years of community service in the health field.  

Known as the "cancer woman," Snively went door to door handing out home Pap test cancer-screening kits. She also worked jointly with the Washington County Health Department and the March of Dimes to administer polio vaccines within her community. She also was a civil rights leader in the 1950s and '60s, as she encouraged people to register to vote and to vote.

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