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Mary, the Mother of Jesus Although she never knew financial success, you’d be hard-pressed to find a mother who “succeeded” more than Mary. She may have carried and given birth to Jesus at a far younger (though, then, culturally appropriate) age than anyone on our list, but by loving, tending to, singing to, and praying with her boy Jesus, and later by following, praying for, and agonizing with her grown Son, Mary leaves the rest of us some pretty big shoes to fill.

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