By Gwen Albers
For the Optic
The 11th-born of 15, Sister Mary Teresa Pacheco grew up poor, but not like the poor she witnessed while living in Mexico for 30 years.
Working as a nun and sole nurse at an orphanage with 260 children and 40 abandoned elderly, Pacheco saw a desperate need for food, clothing and schools.
“Mexico is destitute, more than poor,” said Pacheco, a Rainsville native who said she may have never left Mora County if she hadn’t become a nun 50 years ago.