On August 15, 2003, Sita Akka Paulickpulle celebrated her 95th birthday with friends. She was vivacious, teasing, teaching, spreading love to all. On September 10, 2003, Sita died under excellent care at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C. Her last words were, appropriately, a poem:

"I love you
I love you all
I love you
You have no idea how much I love you
I love you
I love you all
I love you."

This site will grow with photos, more poems and stories by Sita, interviews and memoirs by family and friends. For now, we offer this introduction to Sister Sita, or Sita Akka, who was born in Sri Lanka and moved to the United States, a nurse and teacher, because "the United States was the only place in the world where people of all races, religions, and backgrounds have learned to live together harmoniously. I wanted to be a part of that." Sita prayed, "Before I die, I hope that war will be made illegal." Unfortunately, she didn't live that long, but we'll keep her banner flying.

1980s POETRY

No War Killing
Senior Responsibility
Happily Cooperate
President Clinton


By Marilyn McDonald, January 2000
I Feel Very Strongly...
My Parents
The Worst Class Becomes the Best Class
Leaving Home to Learn to be a Nurse
About speaking your point of view
My After School Program in My Home
The Trip I took with the Children
We are all One
My Home is a Haven for Runaway Children
Why I became a citizen of the United States