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Vera Doby

Vera Doby – Mother of Vivian Frazier, Joy Doby-Langford, Shirley Cunningham (Steve), Henry Doby, Jr. (Gloria), William and Anthony Doby; twenty-two grandchildren and thirty-three great-grandchildren; sister of Eloise Irving, Thelma Everett, Baby Helen Taylor, Velma Thomas, Mary Hall, Evett Irving (Addie), Edward Irving, Garfield Irving, Billy Irving; special sister-in-law to Joe Dumas, Sr. and a […]

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City’s First Black Woman Alderman, Mayme Spencer, Remembered As Open-Housing Advocate

A lawyer, civil rights activist and Evanston’s first African American woman alderman, Mayme Finley Spencer (1921-2011) passed away Feb. 8, only three weeks shy of her 90th birthday. A wife, mother and attorney, she was fondly known to many as Auntie Mayme for her work as a family and real estate lawyer and friend to […]

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Methodist Bishop Edsel A. Ammons Founded Center For The Church and the Black Experience at Garrett

Bishop Edsel A. Ammons helped build unity in the United Methodist Church. A pastor, an urban missionary, a teacher at Evanston’s Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, he became the first African American bishop in the church’s nine-state North Central Jurisdiction. That was in 1976. Retired in 1992, Bishop Ammons returned to Evanston to serve as a Garrett […]

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Hans Sittler, Services Planned for January

         Joseph “Hans” Sittler, was a multi-talented humanist.  He was a musician, computer teacher and programmer, auto mechanic, photographer, college Humanities and English teacher, house remodeler, homemaker, bureaucrat, and active father of two children.  According to his sister Bay, “He was interested in just about everything, and seemed able to do just about everything.”         Joseph Andrew […]

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Irene Suyeoka

Like a great American novel, Irene Suyeoka’s story took dramatic twists and turns and occasionally plucked triumph from the mouth of peril. When she completed her narrative, at age 87, it turned the page of a rich, complex life. She liked to say that her Japanese American story began when her grandmother left Japan on […]