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tered nurses to graduate from Prairie View A & M College in 1942. Soror Howard’s nursing career included serving as a surgical nurse, private duty, operating a Well Baby Clinic, public health nurse, as well as a American Red Cross nurse. In 2008 she received a certificate from the State of Missouri for maintaining her nursing license for 50 years. Soror Howard earned a B.S. de-gree in education from Avila College in Kansas City and and an M.S. de-gree in administration from Central Missouri State University. After 34 years in the classroom, she retired as a junior high school math and sci-ence teacher. Moving to Oklahoma City in 2009, Soror Howard joined the Oklahoma Sooner City Alumnae Chapter. She continued to serve as an officer of the American Federation of Teach-ers Retiree Chapter and became a volunteer at the Riley Pitts Com-munity Center. At 91 she joined and performed with the Older and Bolder Dancers of Oklahoma City. A Golden Life Member, Soror Howard was initiated into Delta Sig-ma Theta Sorority, Inc. through the Kansas City (KS) Alumnae Chapter in 1976, where she served as chapter president and chaired various com-mittees. She was also a Life Member of the NAACP. She is survived by her daughters Sorors Nylia Stewart Burch and Elsia Stewart Jackson. s Soror Bernice Bea-trice Ray Hutcher-son was born on April 14, 1925 in Newton, Kan. She transitioned into the Omega Ome-ga Chapter on May 2, 2012. After graduating from Newton High School in 1943, she continued her education at Langston University, where she received her Bachelor of Arts Degree. Soror Hutcherson was initiated into Delta Sigma Theta So-rority through the Beta Upsilon Chap-ter at Langston in May, 1948. She also earned a Master of Science degree from the University of Kansas. Soror Hutcherson was a charter member of Wichita Alumnae Chapter, serving in many local positions and participating on national committees. She was a dedicated member of the Sorority for over 64 years. She had a passion for working with collegiate members, but she also provided un-paralleled s94 DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY, INC. leadership to the alumnae chapter. She attended all state, region-al and national meetings and brought back information for her chapter to utilize in their community. Soror Hutcherson became an as-sistant professor of Social Work at Wichita State University in 1973 and retired in 1990. In 1981, an 18-unit housing development for the elderly and physically challenged at 20th St. and Wellington Place in Wichita, Kan. was named “The Bernice Hutcherson Complex” in her honor. s Soror Mary Eliza-beth Jeffers, affec-tionately referred to as “Sister,” was born August 8, 1943 in For-rest City, Ark. She transitioned into the Omega Omega Chap-ter on December 4, 2012. Soror Jeffers graduated from Lin-coln High School in Forrest City at the age of 16. She began her under-graduate studies at Tuskegee Insti-tute, where she received a bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in mu-sic education from Lane College in Jackson, Tenn. She was a Fulbright Scholar, music educator and French teacher who touched many lives across the state of Arkansas during her tenure in Arkadelphia and the Forrest City School District, where she retired after 40 years of service. She received an acknowledgement from the Amity Institute for her 24 years of support for their cultural ex-change program at her retirement. Following in her father and broth-ers footsteps, Soror Jeffers became a public servant. She won a seat on the Forrest City Council and was only opposed once during her 20-year tenure. She was actively involved as a member of the Arkansas Municipal League and was recognized for her outstanding work as an alderman. Soror Jeffers was actively in-volved in the life and mission of Lane Chapel Christian Methodist Episcopal Church of Forrest City. She was also involved in the 1st Episcopal District for the C.M.E. conference and served as a delegate for the World Women’s Missionary conference in Brazil. Soror Jeffers was initiated into the Helena Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. in 1974 and was a Golden Life member. She was charter member of both the Forrest City Area and Blytheville Alumnae Chapters. She was also a life member of the NAACP. Soror Carrie Sue Johns was born Car-rie Sue Sturdivant in Livingston, Ala. on January, 27, 1942 and grew up in Meridian, Miss. Soror Johns made her transition into the Omega Omega Chapter on Nov. 21, 2012. Soror Johns earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Jackson State University. She moved to St. Croix, Virgin Islands during the summer of 1966 where she later joined the Virgin Islands Department of Education and began work as a physical education teacher. During the years she spent teaching, Soror Johns’ passion for her students and her job increased to include coaching volleyball and bas-ketball teams. She later taught spe-cial education and eventually earned a master’s degree in special educa-tion at the University of Mississippi. Subsequently, she moved from her teaching position to that of district supervisor of special education. As district supervisor, Soror Johns’ ef-forts led to significant improvements for teachers and students. Soror Johns worked her way up through the special education divi-sion. She was promoted to state su-pervisor and subsequently to assis-tant to the state director of special education. She later served as state


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