ELIZABETH CLARE PROPHET, BORN HERE, DIES

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Then known as Betty Clare Wulf, the future sect leader Elizabeth Clare Prophet played clarinet in the marching band at Red Bank High School. She’s seen below in an undated photo.

Elizabeth Clare Prophet, the Red Bank-born New Age mystic whose specific prediction of a nuclear Armageddon went unfulfilled, died Thursday after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

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She was 70 years old and died at her home in Bozeman, Montana, according to an announcement of her death from the Summit Lighthouse, a religious organization she ran after the 1973 death of her second husband, Mark Prophet.

Founder of the Church Universal and Triumphant, which once boasted 50,000 members, Prophet was in the spotlight in the late 1980s when adherents began stockpiling arms in anticipation of a nuclear attack by the Soviet Union.

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