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Notable deaths of the week: Historic women

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In this Nov. 12, 1980, file photo former Congresswoman Cardiss Collins, right, appears at a news conference with the Rev. Jesse Jackson in Washington. Collins, the first African-American woman to represent Illinois in Congress, died Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013 of complications from pneumonia at a Virginia hospital, a family friend announced on Tuesday, Feb. 5.

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This Jan. 31, 2005, file photo shows Essie Mae Washington-Williams during a book signing in Washington. Washington-Williams, the daughter of one-time segregationist Sen. Strom Thurmond who kept her parentage secret for more than 70 years to avoid damaging his political career, died Monday, Feb. 4, 2013. She was 87.

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In this May 9, 2002, file photo, James DePreist, talks about his conducting career as he sits in his high rise apartment overlooking downtown Portland. One of the early African-American conductors of a major orchestra and National Medal of Arts winner James DePreist has died at age 76. His manager, Jason Bagdade, says DePreist died at home Friday, Feb. 8. 2013, in Scottsdale, Ariz.

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This undated photo courtesy of Michelle Freeborn shows Stuart Freeborn, a pioneering movie makeup artist behind creatures such as Yoda and Chewbacca in the "Star Wars" films. LucasFilm confirmed Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, that Freeborn had passed away, "leaving a legacy of unforgettable contributions." He was 98. Freeborn's granddaughter, Michelle, said he died Tuesday, Feb. 5 in London from a combination of ailments due to his age. Michelle Freeborn, who lives in Wellington, New Zealand, said her grandfather was "like a hero" to her and inspired her and her late father to get into the movie business, too.

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In this Tuesday, April 29, 2008 file photo Reg Presley, frontman of British rock group The Troggs, performs in a TV studio in Huerth,near Cologne, Germany during the recording of the 50th "Chart Show - The Best Rock Classics". Rock star Reg Presley, lead singer of the Troggs on hit songs including "Wild Thing," has died. He was 71. Presley's death after a year-long bout with lung cancer was announced late Monday night Feb. 4, 2013 by friend and publicist Keith Altham on his Facebook page.

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Lavonne "Pepper" Paire-Davis, seen here in a file photo taken June 11, 2010, at Yankee Stadium in New York, watches the Houston Astros warm up before playing the New York Yankees. Davis, a star of the All American Girls Professional Baseball League in the 1940s and an inspiration for the movie ìA League of Their Own,î has died in Southern California. She was 88.

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    • In this Nov. 12, 1980, file photo former Congresswoman Cardiss Collins, right, appears at a news conference with the Rev. Jesse Jackson in Washington. Collins, the first African-American woman to represent Illinois in Congress, died Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013 of complications from pneumonia at a Virginia hospital, a family friend announced on Tuesday, Feb. 5.
    • This Jan. 31, 2005, file photo shows Essie Mae Washington-Williams during a book signing in Washington. Washington-Williams, the daughter of one-time segregationist Sen. Strom Thurmond who kept her parentage secret for more than 70 years to avoid damaging his political career, died Monday, Feb. 4, 2013. She was 87.
    • In this May 9, 2002, file photo, James DePreist, talks about his conducting career as he sits in his high rise apartment overlooking downtown Portland. One of the early African-American conductors of a major orchestra and National Medal of Arts winner James DePreist has died at age 76. His manager, Jason Bagdade, says DePreist died at home Friday, Feb. 8. 2013, in Scottsdale, Ariz.
    • This undated photo courtesy of Michelle Freeborn shows Stuart Freeborn, a pioneering movie makeup artist behind creatures such as Yoda and Chewbacca in the “Star Wars” films. LucasFilm confirmed Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, that Freeborn had passed away, “leaving a legacy of unforgettable contributions.” He was 98. Freeborn’s granddaughter, Michelle, said he died Tuesday, Feb. 5 in London from a combination of ailments due to his age. Michelle Freeborn, who lives in Wellington, New Zealand, said her grandfather was “like a hero” to her and inspired her and her late father to get into the movie business, too.
    • In this Tuesday, April 29, 2008 file photo Reg Presley, frontman of British rock group The Troggs, performs in a TV studio in Huerth,near Cologne, Germany during the recording of the 50th “Chart Show - The Best Rock Classics”. Rock star Reg Presley, lead singer of the Troggs on hit songs including “Wild Thing,” has died. He was 71. Presley’s death after a year-long bout with lung cancer was announced late Monday night Feb. 4, 2013 by friend and publicist Keith Altham on his Facebook page.
    • Lavonne “Pepper” Paire-Davis, seen here in a file photo taken June 11, 2010, at Yankee Stadium in New York, watches the Houston Astros warm up before playing the New York Yankees. Davis, a star of the All American Girls Professional Baseball League in the 1940s and an inspiration for the movie ìA League of Their Own,î has died in Southern California. She was 88.
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