February 7, 2016 |
A memorial service is planned in May for Elizabeth MacLeod Scattergood, 98, a retired social worker, who died Sunday, Jan. 17, of Alzheimer's disease at Kendal Crosslands in Kennett Square. Mrs. Scattergood, known as "Betty," had been a longtime resident of Germantown. Born in Nova Scotia, she graduated from high school in the Canadian province of New Brunswick before moving with her family to New York state. She earned a bachelor's degree in 1936 from Tusculum College in Tennessee and a master's degree in 1947 from the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago.
January 8, 2016 |
Helen L. Cooke, 65, of Erdenheim, a teacher who during a second career supervised a program to feed as many as 5,000 Philadelphia seniors in their homes, died Tuesday, Jan. 5, after a long battle with oral cancer. Mrs. Cooke died at Keystone House, a hospice in Wyndmoor. At the nonprofit Philadelphia Corp. for Aging (PCA), Mrs. Cooke was assistant director for health and nutrition services. For most of her 25 years with the agency, she oversaw the delivery of in-home meals to the elderly as well as the hot lunches served at several dozen senior centers throughout Philadelphia.
December 3, 2015 |
Unis Uthedra Francis, 82, of Southwest Philadelphia, a Jamaican émigré whose belief in hard work and education fueled a rise from nurse's aide to social worker, died at home Saturday, Nov. 14. "My mother was determined," daughter Elaine Hansom said. "She was just really a hardworking woman. " Born in Watermount, Jamaica, Mrs. Francis was the third child of Altimont George and Emeriah Whyte. The Whytes instilled in their daughter bedrock values - faith in God, service to community, and love of family - but above all were hard work and the importance of education.
November 5, 2015 |
Sister Mary Peter Kerner, 79, a teacher and social worker who found ways to help those living on society's fringes, died Saturday, Oct. 31, of a stroke at Assisi House in Aston. She had been a member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia for 58 years. Born Frances Victoria Kerner in Philadelphia, she graduated from John W. Hallahan Catholic Girls High School. Sister Mary Peter earned a bachelor's degree in English from Neumann University in 1970 and a master's degree in social work from the Catholic University of America in Washington in 1976.
October 13, 2015 |
SOME PEOPLE might tend to lose a little concentration when pastors drone on with their sermons. But not Richelle Phillips. She actually made notes and dissected the messages. "She found a way to make every message her very own," said her husband, James Phillips. That was Richelle Phillips. She had an analytical mind to go with the compassion that marked a life of service to children, young people in trouble and elderly folks who needed a lift. Richelle F. Phillips, a social worker, church leader and devoted mother, died Oct 3 of breast cancer.
September 25, 2015 |
HER FAMILY called Arlene Beverly a "force to be reckoned with. " That was because Arlene, from childhood, "had definite opinions and specific requirements for the way things should be done," her family said. "Somehow she often prevailed in making others see things from her perspective. " It seemed that everything Arlene did, she did it the best it could be done, from music and ballet to gourmet cooking to her professions as a dedicated social worker, court officer and occupational trainer.
June 9, 2015 |
JIM KELLY devoted his life to helping others, including needy children, teens, couples having difficulties with their marriage and families needing some sound counseling. "He was very kind," said his daughter, Jane Kelly-Brobbey. "He had a lot of wisdom and a lot of spirit. " James H. Kelly, who worked for a number of psychological and residential service agencies and was a case worker for the Philadelphia Department of Human Services, an Army veteran of the Korean War and active churchman, died May 4. He was 86 and lived in East Mount Airy.
May 23, 2015 |
Mary Gillin Williams, 62, of Warrington, who fought back from a series of illnesses beginning in 1972 to live an active life as a social worker, teacher and mother, died Friday, May 15, at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital of complications after a liver transplant. Born in Mayfair, Mrs. Williams grew up in Upper Darby and graduated from Cardinal O'Hara High School in 1971. While attending Villanova University in 1972, she was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia. After treatment, she went into remission in 1976.
May 1, 2015 |
Two weeks ago, a child who was sexually abused in Delaware County was shuffled from sterile office to sterile office as police, then prosecutors, and then social workers all asked the child to recount the incident. That was standard procedure, and one that often further traumatized child victims, experts say. But now, a victim will have to tell that story only once. On Tuesday, Delaware County dedicated a Children's Advocacy Center in Media that will serve as a child-friendly setting in which investigators and social workers can coordinate responses to child-sex-abuse cases.