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Grace Elizabeth McConnaughey was born in Washington, Iowa, on October 1, 1882. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Oberlin College in 1909. She then went to Shanxi Province, China, in 1910 as a Congregational missionary. She remained there 18 years, many of them as principal of a women's school in Fenzhou. From 1929 to 1932 she lived in Boston where she worked as Candidate Secretary for the American Board for Foreign Missions. Her job was to find college trained women to serve in stations about the world. This position ended when the depression reduced the number of missionaries who could be supported by the Board. From 1933-1941 she was house director of various dormitories on the Oberlin College campus. After being forced to relinquish her position due to illness, she lived in Claremont, California; and for seven years, as she wrote, "lived in a suitcase and earned my keep by any means, not immoral!" In 1947 Miss McConnaughey moved into Pilgrim Place in Claremont, an retirement home for Protestant missionaries and ministers, where from 1967 she was a resident of the nursing home. She died on 30 June 1978 at the age of 96.
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