On Mother’s Day, May 9, members of Church Women United and Grace Memorial Presbyterian Church, located at 1000 Bryn Mawr Rd., presented the Valiant Woman Award to Mary Jane Mitchell Page.
|VALIANT WOMAN—Ernestine Casson, president of Church Women United, and Valiant Women Award recipient, Mary Jane Mitchell Page.
The award is given to the woman with outstanding service for Church Women United and her local community for an extended period of time. Page, a devoted Christian and native of Swissvale, is a graduate of Duffs Iron City Business College. After college she worked as a switchboard operator and a secretary in the editorial department of the Pittsburgh Courier.
“I learned at the Pittsburgh Courier,” she said, “that I could reach for the American Dream.” Inspired by those at the Courier, she went back to school at Pitt to become one of the city’s first Black principals and one of the first Blacks to serve on the university’s board of trustees. Upon retirement from the school system, she organized a tutorial after-school program at Grace Memorial as an outreach service that is still in operation today. Page is presently chair of Silver Shepherds, a health seminar planner organization for senior citizens of the community and remains on the board of CWU as a member of the finance committee. Her life has been spent serving the Lord and her fellow man.
A statement from the group to Page read, “Just as God has given to each rose a gentle touch of dew and given to every sunrise the morning’s lovely hue, may He continue to give you all His Love, Grace and Peace.”