[nfb-talk] Fwd: sad news, Dawnelle Cruze passes

David Andrews dandrews at visi.com
Sun Dec 21 23:45:47 UTC 2014

>From: Ray Foret Jr <rforet7706 at comcast.net>
>Subject: sad news, Dawnelle Cruze passes
>Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:57:05 -0600
>To: David Andrews <dandrews at visi.com>
>Dear Dave,
>I bring you sad news.  Dawnelle Cruze has died.  You might wish to 
>send this in to the mailing lists.
>Dawnelle D. Cruze
>Virginia Beach - Dawnelle D. Cruze, 61, of Virginia Beach, went to 
>be with the Lord on Wednesday, December 17, 2014.
>She was the daughter of the late Doris D. Cruze.
>Dawnelle was an excellent advocate for blind in many areas. She was 
>a longtime member of the advisory committee for the state library 
>for the blind. She was a founding member of the Tidewater chapter of 
>the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) and served as its 
>president for several years. Dawnelle graduated from Mary Washington 
>University where she received a BA in Sociology and she also 
>received a masters degree in Sociology from VCU. She was a 
>supervisor at the Norfolk Red Cross working for military families 
>division and retired there after 27 years. Dawnelle also served as a 
>field instructor at Norfolk State University, School of Social Work. 
>She served many years on the Board of Directors for the Virginia 
>State Federation of the Blind and was a member of National 
>Association of Social Workers. She was active in the NFB on both the 
>state and national levels. She served as the second vice-president 
>on the state level, and was president of the affiliate's diabetic 
>division. The NFB gives 30 college scholarships annually, and 
>Dawnelle has served on the national committee to choose the 
>recipients of these scholarships. Dawnelle was a loving and caring 
>sister, aunt and loyal friend. She always put the needs of others 
>before herself and always the person with the biggest smile in the 
>room. She was faithful member of St. Benedict's Parish Catholic 
>Church for many years.
>Survivors include her brother Steve Rankin; sister-in-law, Patti 
>Rankin; niece, Kelli Rankin and nephew, Mark Rankin.
>A requiem funeral mass will be conducted at 9:00 am Saturday, 
>December 20, 2014 at St Benedict's Parish, 521 McCosh Dr. Chesapeake, 23320.
>The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 7:30 pm Friday, 
>December 19, 2014 at the Great Bridge Chapel of Oman Funeral Home & 
>Crematory, 653 Cedar Rd. Chesapeake, 23322. An inurnment will be 
>held on a later date in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens
>The Constantly Barefooted Ray
>Still a happy Mac, Verizon Wireless iPhone 6+ and Apple TV user!
>Sent from my Mac,
>the only computer with full accessibility for the blind built-in

         David Andrews and long white cane Harry.
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