American nun who tended Tijuana prisoners dies at 86 .. Proud to say I spoke with her on several occasions …
SAN DIEGO — Sister Antonia Brenner, a Beverly Hills-raised mother of seven who became a Roman Catholic nun and moved into a Tijuana prison where she spent more than three decades ministering to inmates, has died. She was 86.
Brenner, who had been in declining health, died Thursday of natural causes at the home of her religious order in Tijuana, where her fellow sisters had cared for her in her final days, Christina Brenner, her daughter-in-law, told the Los Angeles Times.
She was born Mary Clarke in Los Angeles on Dec. 1, 1926, to Irish immigrant parents. Her father grew wealthy running an office supply business, and the family counted Hollywood stars such as Cary Grant among their neighbors.
Brenner married and raised four daughters and three sons, all the while becoming deeply involved in charity work, The Times reported.
In 1977, after her children were grown and two…
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