Congratulations to Mary Lee Hall and Jane Stuart, the 2019 Presbyterian Women Honorary Life Member recipients.
Contributions from Terry Apter & Frances Wilder
On Monday, May 6th West Raleigh’s Presbyterian Women gathered for their annual May celebration. The Ladies of the Eunice King circle served up a delicious quiche dinner. This is always a special evening, with two important purposes. The first is to bless donations to the Presbyterian Women Birthday Offering, a major mission for the Presbyterian Women (PCUSA). The Birthday Offering funds up to five projects each year, in amounts of $75,000 to $150,000 each. West Raleigh Presbyterian Women’s donations last year totaled over $900.
The second purpose is to honor the woman chosen as an Honorary Life Member, for her faithful service to Presbyterian Women and to the church. Eighty-six women have received this award at West Raleigh since 1950. This year the committee offered two names instead of the usual one. Both Jane Stuart and Mary Lee Hall are well deserving women, who have given huge amounts of time and service to both WRPC and the community at large. Please make sure to reach out and congratulate:
Jane Katherine Stuart
Jane was born in Raleigh to AD and Katherine Stuart, she has 2 brothers, AD Jr, and wife Callie of Richmond, VA and John and wife Ann of Wilmimgton, NC. AD, Callie and John are with us tonight, along with Bibs Barber, Julie and Jonathan Jobe and Charles Terrell. Thank you all for celebrating with Jane this special Honor.
Jane and family left Raleigh when she was 4 and returned when she was 12. Jane attended Daniels Junior High and Graduated from Broughton High. She later earned a Batchelor of Science in Home Economics at University of Georgia and a Masters degree in Education from NC State.
Jane became a member of West Raleigh in 1955, was with us for 12 years before joining First Presbyterian in Reidsville, NC where she stayed till 1996. While in Reidsville, Jane served as advisor to the Senior High Fellowship Group, Assistant Sunday School teacher for the 1st grade class and was active in a Circle.
Since returning to West Raleigh in 1996, Jane has served as Vice Moderator, Moderator twice, Secretary and Corresponding Secretary of Coordinating team. As we all know, whenever there is setting up to be done for PW gatherings, correspondence to be written, or baking to be done, Jane is always there to lend a hand. She also enjoys attending the Womens Connection Conferences at Montreat.
Professionally Jane served NC State Cooperative Extension Service as a Home Economincs Extension Agent for 2 ½ years in Stokes County and for 27 ½ years in Rockingham County with responsibilities in 4-H and the Food and Nutrition program. In 1979 Jane received the Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of 4-H Agents, and in 1981 the Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of Extension Home Economics.
Over the years Jane has been active in Womans Club of Reidsville, Womans Club of Raleigh, serves on Board of Directors of NCSU Club and currently President of Pullen park Golden Years Club.
Personal enjoyments include traveling, attending State football and basketball games, crewel needlework and playing “party” bridge.
Thank you Jane for all you do and continue to do at West Raleigh and beyond.
Mary Lee Hall
Mary Lee Hall was born in Indianola, Mississippi to parents Walter and Mary Hall. She grew up there with her parents and her brother Walter until she was five years old. That’s when the family moved to Nashville, Tennessee, and she start school. When she was nine years old, the Halls moved to Clearwater, Florida, where she finished school before attending Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida. After graduating for Eckerd, she went to the University of Florida in Gainesville for her law degree.
Mary Lee spent her career as a lawyer for migrant farm workers. First she spent two years with United Farm Workers of America – AFL-CIO, the union started by Cesar Chavez, and the eleven years with Florida Rural Legal Services. Finally, she ended her career in North Carolina with Legal Aid of North Carolina, retiring in August of 2015.
Mary Lee joined WRPC in 1994 and has served the church in many capacities. She taught elementary age Sunday School for ten years, and has served on both the Session and the Diaconate. Mary Lee especially enjoyed helping in the kitchen and cooking for church retreats at Umstead State Park. She has served a Co-Moderator and Moderator for Presbyterian Women, also.
Mary Lee was awarded the Church Women United Human Rights Award in 2014 for her service to WRPC, the community and the world. The Honorary Life Membership Committee is pleased to present her tonight for all of those things, in addition to her calm knowledgeable presence and her inspiration to us all to uphold justice for all of God’s children.