Tribute to Women Cyber Book
Miriam Peirce became an Amigas Award winner in 1995 for her selfless work to bring together Methodist women to create enrichment programs for women incarcerated in prison in Florida. She held organizing meetings to educate women on issues prisoners face. She has tirelessly worked to offer assistance to women who want to set up programs for the women's prisons. For a period of time she also wrote a newsletter for women who wanted to work with women prisoners.
Miriam appears here because her name was selected from a long list of ordinary women doing extraordinary things to make the world a better place. Her name and the other honorees (listed elsewhere in this book) were nominated by their friends and loved ones as a way to make a contribution to Women's PEACEPOWER Foundation and recognize the wealth of contributions each one has given to her community.
Peacepower introduces a book to recognize women who have touched our lives.
As mothers, daughters, sisters, wives, aunts, teachers, mentors and friends, women weave a web of connectedness through their gifts of love, wisdom, strength, dignity and grace. This book is intended as a recognition of the gifts of women, their power, importance, and the vitality they impart to their environments. This tribute is dedicated to both subtle and dramatic personal contributions of those women and girls included in its pages.
Mamie Borgess Burdeau
|My grandma joyfully introduced me to the magic lands of opera, ballet art and travel. It wasnt until I was grown that I realized she was whistling in the dark for she had experienced a difficult life with very little money. When I told her I understood that her life had not been easy, she laughed and said "but Ive never been bored." She was my role model.|
|Aunt "E" raised race horses in Kentucky. She also mothered 46 nieces and nephews sent to her at various times to be taught how to work. She always talked about these children as if they were horses she was training. Before she died she gave Peacepower its first donation.|
Elsie Mullett McCabe Grigalus Korbas
|In the blue of his eyes or the curl of her hair, they are
remembered. Filled with compassion and grace, strength and wisdom, She guided our lives,
this woman, our mother. Her legacy endures; it infuses our days with lyrical spirit and
bountiful love. Shedding light, sharing joy, this is our mother, grandmother and great
We Love you, Children: Maureen, Morris, Linda, Diane, Thomas, Michael, Donald, and Rhonda. Grandchildren: Jay, Kimberly, Janeanne, Jennifer, Heather, Tonya, Timothy, Amy, Cara, Riley, Kevin, Kyle, Roxana, Breanne, Julia, Lindsey, Lauren. Great-Grandchildren: Alexandria, Tyler, Caitlin, Bryn, Megan, Declan, Loren, Bailey, Kaylee, Dillon, Garret, Zachary, Justin, Ali, Jake, Matthew, Madeline, Julianna, Kadynce, Summer, Olivia, Cole.
Angela Burdeau Desloge
|She was a dutiful daughter pushed into graduating in Architecture at Washington University by a doting father who believed deeply in education. Instead of a career she became the mother of seven children. She tutored my brothers in math. Because of my mother I thought all women were more intelligent than men. Love, Kiki|
|This is dedicated to you for all the countless people (women, girls, men and boys) you have encouraged to look beyond themselves, to live their dreams and to reach for peace.|
|Jennie is a 1995 Amigas Award winner honored for her work as a volunteer to establish civil rights and anti-violence projects for women.|
Joy Davis Slaughter
|I wanted to pay a tribute to my mom, the "queen of splits" in her bowling leagues and lover of nature and history. I am grateful for her encouragement, even when she doesn't always understand the wild things I want to accomplish. Her friendship is important to me, and I am thankful to share her life.|
Joyce Borum - Caffee
childlike in your pleasure, elder in your wisdom. Like the beautiful native rugs you
admire, your simplicity masks your intricately woven textures of independence,
self-respect, intelligence, empathy, charity, and strength of mind and spirit. We know
your design has been one of love and devotion to work, friends and family, and we look to
you as a symbol of what is right in our world.
Thank you Mother, grandmother and wonderful Woman!
Fern, Joy, Jean, Sandra, Sheryl, Meg and Augusta
Rochelle Barbara Rosborough Kornfield (11/11/37 - 4/29/70)
|Rochelle married and bore
three beautiful daughters, Kimberly, Sharon and Johanna. Her husband was physically
abusive. For five years she typically would leave and return to him until she divorced
him. At the time there were no shelters or even an understanding of domestic violence and
little support for single mothers. She tried to raise her girls, working as a very gifted
public health nurse, but found the struggle overwhelming. After experiencing another very
abusive relationship she gave up, dropped her children off at her parents home with the
note.... you think you can do a better job of raising them?....well here is your
chance....then she committed suicide. Her daughters were 8 1/2, 7, and 5 at the time.
Rochelle is one reason I chose to be involved with domestic violence work, so others would
have the choice of resources and support they need to escape the cycle of violence.
Honored By her cousin Roberta E. McIntosh
Glenda Evans Middleton
|Life's lessons can all be found in the Wizard of Oz,
the battle of good versus evil and the struggle to achieve tremendous goals. Fortunately
Dorothy and her friends are supported by Glenda the Good Witch, just as I was encouraged
and nurtured by my older sister of the same name.
Although closer in stature to the Munchkins, my Glenda did represent shining goodness. At 4 feet, 11 inches she was an inspiring force. She married, taught school, raised two children, and served as a missionary in Africa for 29 years. Throughout her life she lived in other people's homes -- parsonages or missionary housing.
After her death in Africa, I thought of her clicking ruby red slippers and saying "I want to go home." And I knew that it would be to her very own home, one that she always carried in her heart.
In honor of Glenda Evans Middleton "The Good Witch" by her sister Gladys Jean.
Karen Castor Dentel
|Born and raised in Tampa, Florida, Karen graduated from Peabody College at Vanderbilt University with a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and from the University of North Carolina with a Master's Degree in Literacy Studies. As a fourth grade teacher in a high-poverty school in Gainesville, Karen established the Horizons Girls Club. The purpose of Horizons is to empower young girls with skills, knowledge, and attitudes to improve and direct their lives. Karen hopes to expand Horizons Girls Club to schools in Orlando, where she will complete her doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Florida.|
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