Ervinstene Harrell, 68, a gender-issues and HIV/AIDS counselor, died Sunday, June 30, of pancreatic cancer at her home in Mount Airy.
Mrs. Harrell was born in Philadelphia and never left.
Her life's work was doing research on adolescents struggling with their sexuality at her alma mater in Wilmington. She worked as a counselor for SILK, a support group for women with identity issues, and provided crisis counseling and HIV/AIDS counseling and intervention services.
She obtained her certification as a counselor from Women Organized Against Rape five years ago and was active with the group.
Mrs. Harrell graduated from Jameson Christian College, Philadelphia, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in biblical theology in 2000 and from Springfield College School of Human Services, Wilmington, with a Bachelor of Science degree in 2009.