dent from 1978-1981. Soror Dennis was also the traveling companion to Founder Winona Cargile Alexander. Soror Dennis founded the nonprofit corporation Family Cooperative Learning and Development Center, Inc. (FAM-CO), which provided day care, before and afterschool care, and counseling/academic assistance to the Jacksonville community. Soror Dennis was preceded in death by her husband (Leo) of over 57 years. She leaves behind three children, and a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. s s Soror Sonja “Sonnie” L. Fullen entered into the Omega Omega Chapter July 10, 2010. As an active member of Charleston Institute Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Soror Fullen was committed to the ideas and principles of Delta Sigma Theta in all of her community service activities. She established a youth ministry outreach program called “Wings of Faith” at one of the local housing developments, volunteered at the homeless shelter for women and families and founded and directed a women’s dance ministry at church called “Spirit of Praise.” Initiated into the Charleston-Institute Alumnae Chapter in 1977, Soror Fullen was the chair of many committees and held many positions such as: journalist, chair of the Ebony Fashion Fair, Membership Committee chair, Jabberwock Committee chair, and co-chair of the Reclamation Committee. Soror Fullen also served as coadvisor on the Delta Force Advisory Committee for Alpha Delta Chapter at West Virginia State College and vice president of the Pan-Hellenic Council in Charleston. A 1976 graduate of West Virginia State College (now West Virginia State University), Institute, Soror Fullen obtained a B.S. in social work and a M.A. degree from Marshall University Graduate School in Huntington, W.Va. in 1982. Soror Fullen was in her sixth year as director of social development at the Charleston Job Corps Center in Charleston when she began her long, hard-fought battle against multiple myeloma. The Sonja L. Fullen Scholarship was established May, 2012, by the Charleston-Institute Alumnae Chapter. It will be given annually to a student with the highest GPA in the Charleston area in the memory of Soror Fullen’s commitment to the nurturing, growth, and development of the youth in her community. s Soror Carroll Frances Stuart Hardy, a charter member of Williamsburg Alumnae Chapter, entered the Omega Omega Chapter on Nov. 27, 2012, at home among her siblings. Dr. Hardy was the eldest of seven children born to the late John and Bernice White Stuart. Soror Hardy earned her bachelor’s degree in history and political science from Livingstone College in Salisbury, N.C. She received a master’s degree in history from the University of Memphis in 1972. In 1973, she journeyed to Atlanta as a Ford Foundation Fellow and received her doctorate in education in higher education administration and supervision from Clark Atlanta University in 1975. Following the completion of her doctoral degree, Dr. Hardy took a position at Barber-Scotia College, in Concord, N.C. It was there where she sought ways to improve the lives of the young people in the community. Soror Hardy returned to Virginia in 1979 and worked as an assistant director of Project Upward Bound at Mary Baldwin College, before assuming the Associate Dean of Minority Affairs position at the College of William and Mary in August 1980. During her tenure at William and Mary, she achieved the rank of associate vicepresident for Student Affairs. In 1995, Soror Hardy and her siblings formed The Stuart Educational Leadership Group, Inc. Under this umbrella, Soror Hardy started the National Educational Student Leadership Conference, which for 27 years facilitated the education of young people of all nationalities from colleges and universities across the nation. She leaves to cherish her memory, three sisters, three brothers, a foster son, a host of family members and many devoted friends, sorors and beloved students. s Soror Naomi Augusta Collins Hester was the daughter of the late Marshall Claude and Gussie Berry Collins and the wife of Osborne “Chuck” Hester. Soror Hester attended Elizabeth City State University; later transferring to North Carolina Central University where she received a B.S. degree in education. While at NCCU, she became a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. After graduation she taught school in Virginia, Maryland, and North Carolina. In 1974, she became the first African-American teacher with Dare County Public Schools. Soror Hester later continued her education, earning her master’s degree in social work from Norfolk State University, Eventually she became the coordinator of student services for Dare County Public Schools where she remained until she retired in 1998. Soror Hester was involved with many aspects of her local community. She founded Monday Night Alive, a program designed to help at-risk students, and seniors within the community. She was an early member of the Freedmen’s Colony Association, Outer Banks Hotline volunteer, member of the Patient Advisory Advocacy Program, president of the Dare County Heritage Club, and served on the boards of the NC Aquarium and Centura Bank. She was the founder and chairperson for the Dare County Interagency Council. She was also a life-long member of Haven Creek Missionary Baptist Church, and served as Sunday school teacher, deaconess, missionary, and church secretary. 68 DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY, INC.
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