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Omega Omega Soror Lucile Bal- grandchildren. Soror Aikens will midst of everything, contributing as loon Aikens was be remembered for her love for the best she could. born Aug. 1, 1924, in Lord, dedicated service and love to Soror Ferguson served as chair- Madison County, Fla. all whose lives she touched. ▲ person of the Health Lifestyle Com- She transitioned to mittee, co-chaired the Project Com- the Omega Omega Soror Minnie Lee mittee and actively participated in Chapter on Jan. 8, Martin Crosby was the Membership, Arts and Letters, 2010. Soror Aikens born April 18, 1942 Life Development and Social Action was initiated into Delta Sigma Theta and passed away Nov. committees. She received the Jewel Sorority, Inc. in 1986 through the Val- 9, 2010. Soror Crosby Award in 2009 for the outstanding job dosta Alumnae Chapter. was a phenomenal ed- she and her committee did in chal- Soror Aikens graduated from Ed- ucator. She loved her lenging sorors to become healthy ward Waters College and the Mixon students while em- and physically fi t. School of Beauty in Jacksonville, ployed at the Baltimore City School Soror Ferguson was actively in- Fla. She later earned bachelor’s and System. She was an expert in writing volved in many other organizations, master’s degrees from Florida A&M science related grants to benefi including: Links, Pinochle Bugs, The t the University in elementary education. students where she worked. Soror Drifters, The Chums, The Moles, Ur- For 47 years she worked tirelessly as Crosby was always available to men- ban League and The National Council an elementary and reading teacher. tor students and was part of Teach of Negro Women. She tutored chil- She was a mentor in the Take Stock for America. In 2008, Soror Crosby dren at the Southside Boys & Girls in Children Mentoring Program and a retired after a career of more than 40 Clubs in Berkley and she worked dili- member of the Madison County Foun- years. gently as a member of First Calvary dation for Excellence in Education In 1991, Soror Crosby was initi- Baptist Church where served as Sun- as well as numerous other reading ated into Delta Sigma Theta Sorority day school and Bible study teacher, and professional organizations. After through the Columbia (MD) Alumnae chaired the early morning Breakfast retirement she taught in the Adult Chapter. She loved the Sorority and Committee and was a faithful mem- Education Program at North Florida her sisters. ber of the Pastor’s Anniversary Com- Community College and for the Asso- Soror Crosby leaves to cherish mittee. ciation of Retarded Citizens. her memory her husband, Tom; a Soror Ferguson enjoyed life and A faithful and dedicated mem- brother; a sister-in-law; a niece; and a enjoyed it to the fullest. According ber of Mt. Zion-Cherry Lake A.M.E. host of loving family members. ▲ to her, no goal was too large. She Church, she enthusiastically served encouraged sorors of her chapter as president of the Usher Board, sec- Soror Alice Crowell along the way saying, “Girls, I know retary of the Trustee and Steward- Ferguson was initi- we can do this.” ▲ ess boards, church school member, ated into Delta Sigma missionary, and co-chair of Church Theta Sorority in 1965 Soror Audrey Back- Renovation. at Sarah Lawrence us Hedgespeth was In the Valdosta Alumnae Chapter College in Bronxville, born Sept. 22, 1924 Soror Aikens, diligently worked on N.Y. and a year later and passed away on numerous committees and served as joined the Norfolk Feb. 20, 2011. She at- treasurer. Alumnae Chapter. She loved Delta tended Suffolk Public Devoted to her family, Soror Ai- Sigma Theta and was dedicated to Schools and graduat- kens leaves to honor her legacy her its principles. She looked for the best ed with a bachelor’s husband A.D., Sr.; fi in others and gave her best effort in degree from Shaw University. She ve children: Bar- bara Aikens-Stephens, Judge Augus- whatever endeavor she participated continued her graduate studies in tus Aikens, Jr., Dr. Chester Aikens, in. Sitting back watching things hap- social work at the Atlanta University Rhonda Lucile Moore and Katrina Ai- pen was not a characteristic of Soror and the School of Social Work Pro- kens; 12 grandchildren and 13 great- Ferguson; she would be right in the fessional Institute at Virginia Com- 102 ▲ DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY, INC.


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