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Ivies Beyond the Wall


Lillian McKennie Adkins

Sunset: 1/23/2020

Soror Adkins was a Life Member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., initiated in 1948 (Kappa Omega Chapter).   Soror Adkins was a Pearl Soror serving 71 years. Soror Adkins served as the International Membership Chairman from 1990-1994, and a member of the Kappa Omega Chorus.  



Bettye Gayle Givens

Nelson Boyd

Sunrise: 9/7/1936- Sunset: 1/21/2020

Soror Bettye Gayle Givens Nelson Boyd she became a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (Beta Pi chapter) in 1956.


Soror Bettye was a Life Member and Golden Soror. She served as the 39th Basileus of Kappa Omega, and President of the Kappa Omega Foundation. She was a charter member of the Theta Xi Omega chapter (LaGrange, Ga). 



Yolanda B.


Sunrise: 2/20/1940 - Sunset: 3/23/2020

Soror Yolanda’s undergraduate studies began at Spelman College and Howard University, earning a Bachelor’s Degree from Albany State University. During her attendance, she became a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She received her Master’s Degree in the field of Educational Leadership. As an educator, Yolanda was a dedicated, effective, and a outstanding teacher. She retired from the Atlanta Public Schools after thirty years of rewarding service.



Reesa Len


Sunrise: 5/30/1957 - Sunset: 12/22/2019

Soror Griffin was a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated (Kappa Omega Chapter) initiated through Kappa Omega, on June 11, 2017.

Soror Griffin was a skillful data clerk for Fulton County Schools System. Her employment included Benjamin Banneker High Schools and Paul D West Middle School where she was named the 2016 Professional of the Year.



Annie Fair Shumate Jackson

Sunrise: 3/16/1935 - Sunset: 3/14/2020

Soror Annie became a member of the Alpha Pi chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated in 1954. She matriculated at Clark College where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and NYU where she received a Masters in Education. She taught in the DeKalb County and APS school systems and served as a Child Care Consultant in the Division of Family & Children Services until retirement.



Muriel Jocquelyne WilsonJones

Sunrise: 11/15/1943 - Sunset: 4/10/2020

Soror Muriel was a longtime member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and served in various positions in the Kappa Omega Chapter. After retiring from Delta Airlines, she worked part-time for several years at the Episcopal Church of the Atonement in Sandy Springs, Georgia and volunteered for many years at a food pantry at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church She also served on the Commission on Ministry for the Diocese of Atlanta for many years.



Dorothy McGirt

Sunrise: 1928 - Sunset: 04/12/2020

Dorothy McGirt, retired APS educator and former Grady teacher, passed away on Easter, April 12.



Canzader Perkins

Sunrise: 11/9/1939 - Sunset: 12/272019

Soror Canzader was a loyal member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (Kappa Mu Omega chapter) and several other organizations. Her extensive teaching career in Special Education began in 1976 in Joliet, Illinois at Thomas Jefferson Grade School. She also taught in Washington D.C., St. Louis, Missouri, and Atlanta, Georgia where she later resided.




Pearson Rutland

Sunrise: 10/31/1916 - Sunset: 1/17/2020

Soror Lavesta joined Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. - Gamma Pi Omega Chapter in 1944. She activated with the Kappa Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. in 1978. In 2019 she became a Diamond Soror, with over 75 years of membership.




McNeil Saddler

Sunrise: 9/25/1926 - Sunset: 4/2/2020

Willieboyd McNeil Saddler's journey in Alpha Kappa Alpha began in 1944 at Fort Valley State University. She became a Diamond Soror in 2019.


Over her 75 years in the sorority, she served on numerous committees and held the position of Financial Secretary & Treasurer and was the first chairman of the Kappa Omega Housing committee.



Rushia Johnson Stephens

Sunrise: 9/7/1954 - Sunset: 3/19/2020

Rushia Stephens was a musician and a teacher in Atlanta and DeKalb County schools who was deeply loved by all who crossed her path, but especially her family, students, and friends.

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