Shawna L. Archie
Shawna 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 proud La Marque Alumni graduate class of 89 and proud mother of daughter Brooklyn C. Archie who is the love of life. She is currently employed at University of Texas Medical Branch in the Cardiology Department. She is a member of Greater Barbours Chapel Baptist Church in Texas City under the leadership of Rev. Andrew Berry, II where she sings in Mass Choir and Praise Team. She has always had a passion for reading because it is very relaxing. Several years ago she decided to get a group of ladies together that also shared that same passion for reading and formed a book club. It has been 19 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 J. May
Carolyn 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 6 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 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
Joyce 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. The glow in her smile is because she is also the great grandmother of Reign Currie. After teaching for 36 years, in the city of La Marque, TX, where she resides, she is very well known in the community. She is also the author of four fiction novels, entitled, BAGGAGE, STAY IN YOUR LANE, THREE LITTLE WORDS, and DRAMA KING.
Rita 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
Ashley was born in Galveston, Texas but is a LaMarque Alumni Class of 2004. She is the mother of four beautiful girls Jamari, Jaidyn, Zuri and Zaya 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 and a Bachelor in Healthcare Administration in 2016. 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. 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
Kendra 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 Exxon
Mobil in Baytown She is a member of the Greater Barbour’s Chapel Baptist Church in Texas City, TX where she sings in the choir. She loves to read and her favorite book is The Shack by WM. Paul Young.
Pamela is native of La Marque, TX and proud La Marque Alumni class 1974. Pam is a retired sterile processing tech from Doctors Orthopedics Hospital in Bellaire and Texas Women’s Hospital with 22 years under her belt. She is the proud mother of one beautiful daughter Amber Wallace. She joined WOC in 1998 and has loved every minute of our sisterhood. She sings in the Mass choir alongside her sister Carolyn and niece Shawna at Greater Barbours Chapel Baptist Church in Texas City, under the leadership of Pastor Andrew Berry II. In her spare time she love spending time with her family and playing games on her phone. Her favorite scripture is John 3:16.
Sarah 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.
Juanita Rue Woodfox
Juanita 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.
Geneva Collins Spiller
Geneva 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 and one grandson. 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.
Nathifa “Queen” Jefferson
Nathifa was born May 12, 1978 to Dinah P. and the late James Briggs Jr. She’s originally from Los Angeles, CA. She Graduated high school, class of 1997 from H. L. Bourgeois in Gray, LA. She Studied Criminal Justice at USL in Lafayette, LA. She received her AA in Criminal Justice, May 2016 at COM in Texas City, Texas. She is a currently studying Criminology at U of H Clearlake pursuing a BA. She moved to Texas in March 2006, meet her husband in 2007 and married in 2008. She is currently Employed at UTMB since April 2012. She has always enjoyed reading and one of my favorite books is “Mama” and favorite era to read is Pre-civil war fiction. She is a member of Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church in Texas City, Texas and my favorite verses are Proverbs 3:5-6 and Philippians 4:6-7 and favorite book is Psalm 27.
Loretta is married with two sons and three grandchildren. In retirement, she enjoys traveling and spending time with her grandchildren. Prior to retirement, she spent several years in office management. She also spent significant time as a volunteer with the American Red Cross and other social agencies dedicated to helping soldiers and their families. She is a member of Greater Bell Zion Baptist Church where she is a deaconess and a member of the mass choir.
Phyllis Taylor Moore
Phyllis Taylor Moore was born in Galveston, Texas, BOI (born on the Island). She graduated from the mighty Ball High School class of 1973. She is also a graduate of Brazosport Jr. College Vocational Nurse School. She has been a nurse for 36 years and love being a nurse. She now works as a school nurse for GISD until retirement. She is a member of Hopewell Baptist Church in Texas City, Texas where Pastor Joel Clay is her Pastor. She has three wonderful children, Angela Wilson, Alicia Jackson and Watkins J. Jackson, three beautiful grand-daughters and five handsome grandsons. She says that she is grateful to be a part of this book club and love reading and discussing the books we read.
Diana Preston Adkar
Diana was born in Galveston, Texas and a graduate of Lincoln High School class of 68 and a graduate of Huston Tillotson College. She is a widower with 4 adult children, and a grandmother of 6. She says that her religion is Islam and have been a Muslin for 39 years which means that she submits to the will of God. A Retiree of 4yrs from LMISD where she worked for 24yrs. Diana initially started as a Job Coach in the Special Service Department. She later worked in Inclusion where she worked with students in Biology and Chemistry classes. Her love for books began at an early age. Reading books allowed her to have lots of adventures without leaving home. She especially likes to read motivational, educational. and how to do books and reads Romance novels for entertainment. Diana says that she is very fond of the Book Club even though she is relatively a new member.
Betty is a native Galvestonian. She attended and graduated from Central High School. She was known as a dedicated nurse at both UTMB and Shriner’s Burn Institute before moving her residence to California.
After the death of her husband she returned to Galveston County and now lives in Hitchcock, TX. A former nurse in the La Marque ISD School District, she now substitutes in all area school districts. She is the mother of three adults, Byron Frank, Fredrick A. Frank, and Desiree Frank, and an avid reader of fiction novels.