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Her life is dedicated to reaching out to the less fortunate. Doing God's work as a Sister of Mercy.

Humility and kindness are the makeup of her ministry. Eighty seven year old Sister Ludmilla Benda says she likes to be aware of the needs of people.

She has helped feed the hungry in Davenport for years, and shows no signs of slowing down.

Sister Ludmilla was born on a farm in Toledo, Iowa. She is the youngest of seven children. As a child, she loved playing music, and even today plays the accordion and bass fiddle.

In 1947, she began three years of nurses training with the Sisters of Mercy in Marshalltown. She took her final vows as a nun a few years later.

Eventually, she came to Davenport where she served as Head Administrator at the former Mercy Hospital.

Over the years, she and the late Father James Conroy ran a food window from the rectory at Saint Anthony's Church in downtown Davenport, serving warm meals and smiles.

She was an active member in Rotary for years, ran the Bix  fourteen times, and says her greatest joy is serving God and others.

Sister says she would be lost if she was not helping others. For her, it truly is a labor of love.

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