2002-05-11 / Community

Inspiring Memorial Held by League

Inspiring Memorial Held by League

On Sunday, April 21, 2002 a solemn tribute of songs, scripture readings, prayers, and personal testimonials were given for members of the Women’s Industrial League who passed away this year.

"Truly the loss of these members creates a void in our hearts; they will be missed by the members of the Women’s Industrial Service League," said a WISL member.

The memorial service was an opportunity to express condolences to the families of deceased members Irene Culpepper, Rosella Hill, Jacqueline Irvin, and Mother Rocelious Shackelford.

As the League’s financial secretary for many years, Culpepper chaired fundraisers and worked diligently to raise revenues for the organization to donate to community organizations. Florine Jenkins, President of the Women’s Industrial League, spoke of her works.

Rosella Hill was a member of the First Baptist Church and a Trustee of the League. The corresponding secretary Cleo Wright told of Hill’s dedication to the League and her family.

Irvin’s activism in the community and the Rockaway school district was told by Lovette Glasgow, President Emeritus of the Far Rockaway Branch of the NAACP. Irvin’s work led to the creation of the Hammels and Edgemere Child Care Centers. She served as an advisory board member of the League for many years.

Mother Rocelious Shackelford, the League’s chaplain, was a member of Gethsemane Soul Saving Station. A salute to her kindness and contributions was given by Josie Dennis, President Emeritus of the League. The National Council of Negro Women honored her, and she received various proclamations for her benevolent work in establishing the Marie Bailey Scholarship fund, which provided financial incentives for youngsters of exemplary character.

Executive Director Mae Thomas unveiled a plaque naming these women of virtue, and they were permanently placed on the memorial with other fallen heroes of the League.

Additional comments were made by Elder P. King of the Gethsemane Soul Saving Station and by members of the bereaved families in attendance at the ceremony.

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