City County public school system. She taught English for 30 years, which included teaching assignments at Bruton Heights and James Blair. She ultimately left her English classroom to become a visiting teacher, serving the district in that capacity for eleven years. Although she retired in 1980 after 41 years of teaching, Soror Palmer remained steadfast in her commitment to ensure that all children received a quality education until her passing. She was a member of the historic First Baptist Church of Williamsburg and remained a faithful member until illness forced her to reduce her involvement s in church activities. Soror Palmer was initiated into Delta Sigma Theta through the Beta Epsilon Chapter at Virginia Union University in 1943. In addition to being a charter member of Williamsburg Alumnae Chapter, she also held the office of chaplain and served on numerous committees, particularly enjoying working on the Arts & Letter Committee. Along with her commitment to Delta Sigma Theta, she also served in several community organizations including the 4-H Club, and Le Cercle Charmant. Soror Palmer married Shade Joseph Palmer on Jan. 2, 1965 and they shared 47 wonderful years together. s Soror Annie Ruth Carter Simmons transitioned into the Omega Omega Chapter on Dec. 13, 2012 at Atlanta Hospice after a long illness. She was 69. Soror Simmons’ early education was in the public schools of Newnan, Ga. She graduated from Central High School, Clark College (now Clark Atlanta University) and from Woodrow Wilson College of Law in 1979. Soror Simmons was initiated into Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. through the Sigma Chapter at Clark College in 1961, and was active in the Atlanta Alumnae Chapter, where she served on the executive board. In 2010, she was presented the Torch Award by the Atlanta Alumnae Chapter for her outstanding contributions in the area of social action. She served as a volunteer on the board of directors of the American Heart Association and the Diabetes Association. She served as vice-chair of the board of directors of the Atlanta Life Development Center Inc., a foundation that provides scholarships to youth. Soror Simmons and her husband Robert Leon Simmons started the law firm Simmons and Simmons Attorney at Law. Soror Simmons was a member and past president of the Kappa Silhouettes. She and her husband were members of Hoosier Memorial United Methodist Church, where she served on the board of trustees for six years. Soror Simmons is survived by her husband, Robert Simmons; four children, Michele Simmons Daly, Mario Simmons, Monti Simmons, and Michael Simmons; nine grandchildren and numerous other family and friends. s Soror Virginia Dare Cutler Thomas transitioned to the Omega Omega Chapter May 26, 2012 after an extended illness. She was born in Southampton County, Va. on April 26, 1930. Soror Thomas received her early education in the Southampton County Public School system graduating from Hayden High School as valedictorian. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Virginia State College in Home Economics Education in 1951. Soror Thomas was initiated into the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority through the Alpha Eta Chapter in 1948. She later joined the Philadelphia Alumnae Chapter where she held several elected offices and served as chair on various committees. Soror Thomas began her professional career in September 1951 at Peabody High School in Petersburg, Va. She further enhanced her knowledge with continued study at Pennsylvania State University where she earned a Master of Science degree in clothing and textiles in 1966. After eleven years at the Peabody High School, Soror Thomas accepted a teaching position with the United States Department of Defense in Azures, Portugal. She relocated to Philadelphia to take a job as an assistant buyer. There she met and married the love of her life, the late William Norwood Thomas on June 17, 1967. Following early retirement in 1985, Soror Thomas launched a second career and opened The Virginia Date Thomas Wardrobe Consulting Agency. Soror Thomas was a faithful member of the Second Baptist Church of Germantown where she was a member of the board of trustees. Soror Thomas leaves to cherish her memory two sisters: Gwendolyn Cutler Bailey and Brendolyn Cutler Taliaferro; a god-daughter; and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins. s Soror Johnnye Ruthena Taylor Thompson transitioned to the Omega Omega Chapter on July 14, 2011. She was born on June 19, 1920. Soror Thompson was initiated into Delta Sigma Theta Sorority through the Alpha Xi Chapter at South Carolina State University in 1938. She remained an active member for 73 years. She received her bachelor’s degree from SCSU in 1940. Soror Thompson continued her education at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich. where she received her Master of Science degree in 1947. Over the course of her teaching career, Soror Thompson served in various roles within the Lawrenceville school system in Virginia serving as a mathematics teacher, department chair and assistant principal of instruction. She also served as adjunct faculty at St. Paul’s College. She retired from Southside Virginia Community College where she served as associate professor and chairperson 70 DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY, INC.
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