When a writer dies, one favored and admired, even loved by devoted readers, there is a sigh of mourning as though one's friend has passed away. Sometimes death marks a new era, even the changing of the guard to a new generation. In the religious sense, churchgoers are known for passing their lessons, faith, and joy from generation to generation - in Jesus Christ.
This continuity is the case with the passing of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America's columnist for Lutheran Woman Today. The columnist, Marj Leegard passed away July 12, 2010.
ELCA News service said in their first paragraph, a clear note of journalistic presence in form: "Beloved author, columnist and speaker Marjorie 'Marj' L. Leegard, Detroit Lakes, Minn., died July 12 after a long history of heart disease. She was 89. Most notably, Leegard was a columnist for Lutheran Woman Today, the magazine of Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)."