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JOURNAL Spring 2016 s95 at Gillfield Baptist Church in Peters-burg on March 23, 1968. After their wedding they moved to Norfolk, VA where Margo began her career as a social worker. Margo was initiated into Nor-folk Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sig-ma Theta Sorority, Incorporated in 1984 where she remained financial until her death. She worked diligent-ly with the Arts and Letters and May Week Committees among others. She was also a member of the Norfolk Chapter of the Links and the Virginia Beach Pinochle Bugs. Margo was a faithful member of the Historic First Baptist Church in Norfolk, Virginia where she served on the Usher Ministry, the Seniors in Action, Missionary Interact Circle, and assisted with the Ready Acad-emy. She previously served on the Board of Directors of the Virginia Op-era Association, the Azalea Festival committee, and on the Board of the Virginia Stage Company. Margo is survived by her hus-band, daughter, sister and a host of other relatives. s Ann Rivers Mitter en-tered the Omega Ome-ga Chapter on Decem-ber 5, 2014 at the age of 88. She was born and raised in Norfolk, Virginia and attended Booker T. Washington High School. She continued her ed-ucation at Virginia State University where she received a Bachelor of Sci-ence Degree in English in 1942. While at Virginia State University, she was initiated into Alpha Eta Chapter. In 1949, she married her war hero, Mil-ton Conway Mitter, and remained united until his death on December 6, 2011. Soror Mitter worked as a librar-ian for Norfolk Public Schools until her retirement. She was passionate about making a difference in the lives of her students and everyone around her. She developed various programs to empower her students. Soror Mitter served as president of Norfolk Alumnae Chapter from 1968-1970. She served in other lead-ership roles including chair of May Week. This was one of Soror Mitter’s favorite committees as well as Life Development. She cherished working with chil-dren through tutoring and mentor-ing. She could always be found in one of the local schools reading to chil-dren. Soror Mitter worked intense-ly with many Mildred Dudley Peters Scholarship endeavors and was in-strumental in securing renowned art-ist such as Duke Ellington to raise funds. Ann Rivers Mitter was an active member of First United Presbyteri-an Church and the Norfolk Chapter of the Epicureans. She was an avid traveler taking many trips and cruis-es with her husband, friends, and or-ganization members. She was a lov-ing mother and grandmother. s Soror Marilyn Schul-tz Sutherland, a char-ter member of the Seattle Alumnae Chapter, entered into the Omega Omega Chap-ter on June 24, 2015. She was initiated into the Alpha Omicron Chapter in 1978 and quickly became a good friend of Founder Bertha Pitts Campbell. Soror Sutherland earned a Bach-elor of Science degree in Speech and Sociology from Portland State Uni-versity and did her graduate studies at Seattle Pacific University, majoring in Christian Ministries. She was the administrator and co-owner of several nursing homes and rental properties in the Seattle area as well as a publisher of The Pa-cific Leader, a community newspaper. Soror Sutherland often referred to herself as ‘a professional volun-teer’ and used her considerable ad-ministrative and organizational tal-ents to advance the work of Delta. Throughout her active years with the Seattle Alumnae Chapter, she chaired or participated on several commit-tees and chapter projects. In addition to her work for Delta, in 1990, Soror Sutherland became the 10th National President of the Links, Inc. and is credited with the develop-ment of a strategic plan that guided the growth and development of the organization through the 1990s and into the 21st century. In recognition for her services in the Links, Delta Sigma Theta So-rority, Jack and Jill of America, Seat-tle Foundation, Seattle Opera Foun-dation, and the Seattle First Baptist Church Corporation, Seattle Mayor Norman Rice, proclaimed November 4, 1990 as Marion Schultz Sutherland Day. Soror Sutherland published her memoir, He Watches Over Me, in 2013. s Beatrice Wood Thomas slipped away from her earthly body and was merited her heav-enly wings on Novem-ber 27, 2014 at the age of 90. Soror Thomas was a life member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorpo-rated, initiated in 1946 through Alpha Eta Chapter at Virginia State Univer-sity. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree with honors and matriculat-ed on to earn a master’s degree at Co-lumbia University. She also acquired 30 hours beyond her master’s degree. Soror Thomas was a dedicat-ed educator in the Norfolk Public Schools system for over 40 years re-tiring with distinction as an admin-istrator in Special Education. Soror Thomas’ background in education amplified her love for chapter pro-grams, which emphasized working with youth. She was a zealous Chair-person and member of the Life De-velopment Committee for numerous years initiating and planning volumi-nous programs, tutoring sessions, mentorship opportunities, and work-shops. One of her well executed and highly notable workshops was held to honor fathers. Additionally, she served faithfully and passionately on the May Week Committee and a host of others. She was a steadfast and te-nacious member of Norfolk Alumnae Chapter until her health began to fail.


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