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.

Ashley D. Dickerson was born in Galveston, Texas but is a LaMarque Alumni Class of 2004.  She is the mother of three beautiful girls Jamari, Jaidyn and Zuri 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 YAMS-Young Adults Ministry and the GBC choirs.  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 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.

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.

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

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

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.


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.

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Geneva Collins Spiller is the proud daughter of the late Ralph C. Bell Sr. and Clifford & Alberta Aaron.  She is the AWESOME wife to Kevin.  She has one beautiful daughter, Alexis.  She is a loving sister to Leona Patricia, and Ralph Jr. She is a proud LM graduate of the class of 1995. She attends Greater St Matthew in Hitchcock, under the leadership of William L. Randall.  She serves along side of her husband as a Support Warrior Wife. She is a member of Victorious Disciples.  She belongs to Connecting the Dots, a community ministry.  She has been employed with a well known financial institution for 7 1/2 years.  Her hobbies include cooking, reading, shopping, couponing, and spending time with her godchildren.  She is always willing to help wherever she is needed. Psalms 23 is one of her favorite passages in the bible.

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