Mary Helen Mack, known also as Sister Mary Angus, was born in Port Huron, Michigan, on July 20, 1930. She was the second of two children born to Daniel and Edith (Allen) Mack. Her father worked for the Detroit Edison Company and her mother worked from home as a seamstress.
In her autobiography she wrote the following about her family:
I came from a small family and I always felt that I was an only child because my brother [Donald] was five years older and as a result his interests were not mine. Another fact of life was World War II. Don was in service as soon as he graduated from high school. I was in 8th grade at that time.
My religious training began at home because my parents were deeply religious. I learned in my early years that prayer was important. Many times I could see my mother kneeling by her bed praying. My father was a quiet, gentle man who would tell jokes with a straight face. The love and respect my mother and father had for each other made for a happy, healthy home with a quiet and strong religious atmosphere.
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