Community mourns loss of humanitarian and activist

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Family and friends of Joan McGovern said their goodbyes at her funeral yesterday in White Plains.

McGovern, 86, was an active humanitarian and community activist who started The Lord's Pantry.

The Lord's Pantry is a program that delivers hot meals to people in the city suffering from AIDS.

The foundation was started after McGovern's son, Tommy, died from the disease 20 years ago. Family members said, ?Her reaction was not to mourn, but to do.?

She and two other mothers created the Lord's Pantry. They've served two million meals and have been in existence for over 20 years.

Family members say it was in her nature to turn tragedy into triumph.

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