Shawna L. Archie is one of the founders of Women of Color Book Club along with her mother Carolyn and a native of La Marque, Texas. She is a graduate of the La Marque Alumni class of 89 and proud mother of daughter Brooklyn C. Archie. She is currently employed at University of Texas Medical Branch in the Cardiology Department. She is a member of Greater Barbour’s Chapel Baptist Church in Texas City under the leadership of Rev. Andrew Berry, II. She is a member of Unified Praise Dance Ministry, New Members Committee and vice president of Young Adults Ministry (YAMS). She also assists with Sword of Gideon-youth praise dance ministry. She has always had a passion for reading because it is very relaxing. Several years ago we decided to get a group of ladies together that also shared that same passion for reading and formed a book club. It has been 15 years strong and we are steady building our book club family. Her favorite bible verse is Philippians 4:13, I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
Carolyn May resides in Texas City, TX and recently retired from NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston as a Personnel Security Specialist since 1973. She will now spend more time doing what she loves most family, reading and traveling more. She is the mother of two beautiful daughters Tracy and Shawna and the very proud grandmother of 4 grand-daughters and one grandson. She along with her daughter Shawna, started the Women of Color Book Club in 1997. She developed a love for reading at a very young age and the passion is even stronger now. She loves her WOC Book Club Sisters and the relationship they have all developed. Carolyn is a member of Greater Barbour’s Chapel Baptist Church in Texas City where she sings in the choir and is a member of the Evangelism Ministry and the New Members Ministry under the leadership of Pastor Andrew Berry II. Her favorite verse is Psalm 46:10, “Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”
Joyce M. Bell was born to Elmo Bell Jr. & Ursula Abercrombie Bell on October 5, 1952. In grade six, her mother moved to Galveston and she attended Ursuline Academy, an all girls’ Catholic school. Approaching her eleventh grade year, three Galveston Catholic High Schools consolidated to form O’Connell High School. Joyce was a 1970 graduate of O’Connell High School. She attended University of Houston and graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education; then she later attended University of Houston at Clear Lake where she majored in Educational Administration. She is the mother of one daughter, Ursula Katrease Nance-Hare, and the grandmother of Kierra (“K.K”) Nance and Kendrè Nance. After teaching for 35 years, in the city of La Marque, TX, where she resides, she is very well known in the community.
Rita Stewart has been a member of the Women of Color (WOC) Book Club family for four years. She is married with two children and four Granddaughters. She has worked for a utility company for 37 years. Besides having fun reading with the WOC ladies, she enjoys exercising by walking in different organizations like the United Negro College Fund, March of Dimes and walking a couple of days out of the week for my health. Also, to keep her active, she enjoys spending time with her family. She is a member of South Park Baptist Church in Houston, Texas under her brother and Pastor, Marvin C. Delaney.
Elois Washington appeared in the book club by pure accident and has now come to love every minute with the reading family. Elois is originally from Marshall, Texas where she also attended Wiley College earning a B.S. Degree. She is currently employed as a Contract Specialist at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers where her career with the Federal Government expands over 38 years. Elois enjoys reading her books in her spare time along with going on cruises, traveling, enjoying family and friends ever chance she gets. Her philosophy is life is too “short” you got to get out there and live it, and live it well! Elois has one son Jamar Washington attending Tuskegee University in Tuskegee, Alabama.
Jacqueline Adekanbi earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from Prairie View A&M University and is employed at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as a Procurement Analyst. In her spare time Adekanbi enjoys reading, traveling, entertaining family and friends and gardening, which earned her “yard of the month” several times in her neighborhood. Adekanbi offers the following advice to her family and friends, “do something nice for someone who can’t do anything for you; be approachable; give someone a hug or smile today; be a blessing to someone and by all means, treat others the way you would like to be treated.” Adekanbi has three sons, Ashton, Christopher and Joshua Jr.
Ashley D. Dickerson was born in Galveston, Texas but a LaMarque alumni class of 2004. She is the mother of two beautiful girls Jamari and Jaidyn Dickerson and the wife of her handsome husband Jamaiel Dickerson. She is a graduate of the 2010 Class of University of Phoenix earning an Associates of Arts in Healthcare. She is presently working towards a Bachelor in Healthcare Administration. She is currently employed by Hitchcock Independent School District where she helps educate elementary preschoolers. She is a proud member of Greater Barbour’s Chapel Baptist Church in Texas City, where Rev. Andrew Berry, II is pastor. She is an active member of the Unified Praise Dance Ministry, YAMS-Young Adults Ministry and Instructor of Sword of Gideon-Youth Praise Dance Ministry. Her hobbies include playing with her girls, watching Disney shows, traveling and talking to her husband. She loves singing, dancing, reading and taking tons of pictures. Her life is filled with many interesting tales but most of all her family is the most important thing in her life and it is them who keep her motivated and strong.
Kendra Walker-Rodgers is a native of Houston, Texas. She is a military veteran of the United States Navy. She is a wife and a mother of two sons. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Information Technology and currently employed for the City of Pasadena. She is a member of the Greater Barbour’s Chapel Baptist Church in Texas City, TX where she praise dances and sings in the choir. She loves to read and her favorite book is The Shack by WM. Paul Young.
Etta Craig was born in Memphis, Tennessee but she grew up in Los Angeles, California. She is the mother three sons’ and one daughter. She has six granddaughters and two grandsons and one great grandson. She worked for Pacific Bell in Los Angeles for 31 years before retiring in March of 2001. While working for Pac Bell she attended west Los Angeles College majoring in Legal Studies. She and three other women were honorees for bringing education and awareness about prostate cancer and erectile dysfunction, and free screening to professional and minority communities by the “real men cook” foundation. They were featured in the Los Angeles Sentinel the weekly African American owned newspaper. After moving to Texas in 2005, she held a variety of part time job’s before taking a full time position as a receptionist at Regent Care Center. She continued my volunteerism with the Texas Alliance of Black School Educators. My hobbies are reading and travel. So far she has been to Paris, Iceland, Brazil, Ghana, and Jamaica. Etta joined the Women of Color book club in May of 2011 and each month she looks forward to the lively discussions about Black authors.
Pamela Stewart currently resides in Dickinson, TX and is an alumni of La Marque High School in La Marque, Texas. Pam worked in the medical field as a sterile processing tech for 22 years, and is currently retired. She is the mother of one daughter named Amber Brown. She has been an active member in the Women of Color Book Club since 1998. She sings alongside her sister Carolyn in the Greater Barbour’s Chapel Baptist Church in Texas City, where she is a member under the leadership of Pastor Andrew Berry II.
Nyesha Shontoya Howard is a 32 years of age and getting younger by the day. She has 5 amazing children and hopefully awaiting 15 more. She is a devoted wife to an outstanding husband who makes her smile on the inside and out. She was born on the beaches of Galveston, Texas in the year of our Lord 1979. She has always been a dutiful wife and mother. On her more relaxing days; she enjoys nice glasses of wine and a juicy steak. Her best friend is Ashley Denise Dickerson who always buys her lunch and gives her free rides home.
Charlene Anderson was born in Galveston, TX. She is married and a mother of five children, (4) daughters and (1) son. She is a retired Registered Nurse and she works part time as a RN at a Mental Health Hospital in Houston, TX. She loves caring for people, working in her yard, having fun with girlfriends and spending time with her children and grandchildren. READING is her passion. She loves shopping and most of all TRAVELING. Her favorite color is purple……and she loves her some DENZEL WASHINGTON and FRANKIE BEVERLY & MAZE. Charlene is very happy to be a member of the Women of Color Book Club.
Barbara Berry-Garrett is a native of Orange, Texas. She is the eldest of six children born to Leroy and Frenzella Berry. Barbara is the wife of Larry J. Garrett. She is the mother of two children and the grandmother of one grandchild. Barbara is a graduate of Prairie View A&M University. She is also a retired school teacher. Barbara is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated.
Sarah Alexander currently resides in Houston, Texas. She retired from the U. S. Postal Service as a mail clerk after 31 years. She has one son, Derrick who is a Houston Fireman. Sarah is a member of Bethal Family Church under the leadership of Pastor Walter August. Some of her time is spent volunteering with Heavenly Hand in the retail store at her church and taking different classes. Sarah enjoys Women of Color Book, reading books by black authors and says the fellowship is great and a lot of fun during the book reviews.
Barbara Gates resides in Texas City, Texas and retired from UTMB after 20 years of services. She is the mother of 2 daughter, 1 son and the proud grandmother of 8. Barbara attends Neighborhood Church under the leadership of Rev. Franklin. She enjoys reading and watching TV.
Kayla Montgomery is a native of West Texas City and a graduate of the La Marque Alumni class of 2007. She is also a Certified Medical Assistant from Everest Institute in 2008. She met her handsome, wonderful husband Dallas while leaving a trial in Lake Charles, Louisiana and married him on 10/15/2011. For the past 2 years she has been working in the Family Medicine Department at University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas. Her hobbies are sleeping, shopping, listening to music and because of her love for children her life-long dream is to open a daycare. She is a member of Greater Barbour’s Chapel Baptist Church in Texas City under the leadership of Rev. Andrew Berry, II where she is the Media/Social Council Liason for the Young Adult Ministry (YAMS) and member of Unified Praise Dance Ministry. Her favorite scripture is Philippians 4:13, ”I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
Rosa Timmons resides in Houston, TX and retired from the medical field after 25 years of working for a OBGYN doctor. She and her husband Pastor Garneza Timmons was the Pastor of St. Paul Baptist Church but retired after 7 years because of his illness. Rosa is the mother of 1 daughter, 2 sons and the proud grandmother of 4. She is now a member of Almeda Plaza Missionary Baptist Church where she sings in the choir and teaches Sunday School under the leadership of Rev. E. L. Sanders. She is a member of the Ministers Wife’s and Ministers Widows Organization. Rosa loves reading, singing and sewing. She is also one of the original member of the Women of Color Book Club.
Juanita Rue Woodfox was born in Galveston, Texas and resides in Texas City, Texas. She is the eldest of five children born to Vergus R. and Emily E. Rue. Juanita, also known as “Vivacious”, has been married to her awesome soul mate, Nathaniel Woodfox Jr., for 42 years. Vivacious is the mother of one son, five grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter. She is an alumnus of Abraham Lincoln Colored High School, La Marque, Texas, and class of 1966. She has worked more than 40 years mostly in the administrative and secretarial field. Vivacious has been Certified with International Association of Administrative Professional (IAAP), and NALS the Association for Legal Professionals. She loves traveling, music, meeting people, learning new things, and reading. Vivacious had been a member of “My Sisters and Me Literary Guild” of Houston, Texas, before joining the “Women of Color Book Club. Her favorite color is purple and favorite author is Brenda Jackson. Juanita is a Greeter, secretary for Hitchcock Juneteenth Committee, and Seasoned Saint at Greater Saint Matthews Baptist Church, Hitchcock, Texas, where she is a member under the leadership of Pastor William L. Randall, Jr.