By Jackie Hampton,
There are such a lot of well-known ladies which have achieved nice issues and will likely be remembered all through historical past. Their legacies will stay on for generations to come back as a result of their tales will likely be re-told in books, magazines, social media, newsprint, tv, radio, podcasts, and many others. Their mighty works will likely be recalled in speeches made, sermons preached and songs sung.
There are additionally many strange ladies whose tales are but to be advised and whose legacies are nonetheless being outlined at the moment. One such lady is 94 year-old Loyce Collier who resides in Morton, Mississippi. She is the daughter of the late Albert and Elizabeth Morton. She was born June 21, 1926 and is wanting ahead to celebrating her ninety fifth birthday in only a few months.
She is well-known in her neighborhood the place she has spent her total life. She attended Morton Vocational Faculty, and went so far as seventh grade despite the fact that the college went to eighth grade.
Collier’s mom died of a stroke when she was solely 15 yr, so she went to work. She had two sisters and two brothers. Certainly one of her sisters had polio and lived as an invalid. Her father, who labored at a noticed mill, turned unwell in 1932 so she had to assist handle them each. She took care of her sister as if she was her personal youngster, till she handed on the age of 77.
Her first job was washing dishes at a resort seven days every week. She was paid $2 on the finish of the week. The home she grew up in was paid for therefore meals was the primary expense. She stated she by no means actually knew how her mother and father had been capable of purchase a home. She recollects that $2 went a great distance again then. The water invoice was solely fifty cents a month. Afterward, she did home work incomes $5 per week.
Collier married the late John Walker when she was near 18 years previous. Collectively they’d 5 kids, 3 women, Linda and Sandra who’re twins, Deborah who’s the youngest and their two sons Paul and Gary, now deceased. Paul, she famous was a Viet Nam veteran. Whereas serving in Viet Nam, his total platoon, except for himself, was killed or suffered wounds mentally and bodily.
Collier’s husband, who she described as a very good husband and father died expectantly of a coronary heart assault when he was in his forties. Once more, she was left alongside having to earn sufficient cash to assist her household. Her youngest daughter was solely six when he handed. She labored as a cook dinner within the college cafeteria incomes $100 a month. She additionally labored different jobs akin to on the hen plant and at Roosevelt Park in the course of the summer season as a cook dinner the place white kids attended summer season camp and took part in different actions. She stated the one blacks that had been allowed on the park had been people who labored cleansing up or cooking.
Collier stated she by no means earned over $9000 a yr however was capable of make sure all her kids had been educated.
Fourteen years after her husband died, she married Rev. Clinton Collier, who was deeply concerned within the civil rights motion in Neshoba County. He taught social research at Carver Faculty close to Philadelphia within the late 1060s and early Seventies and led the hassle in class integration.
Connie Slaughter-Harvey, Esq. has identified Collier for a few years and talks along with her in addition to visits her on events. She knew Rev. Collier as properly. Harvey stated, “Ms. Collier is the epitome of magnificence, grace, class and love.” Harvey stated, “I’ve identified Mrs. Collier for greater than 30 years and have at all times admired her quiet power and her compassion for others.” Harvey, who’s well-known for her work within the civil rights motion, stated Collier was an anchor for her husband, Rev. Clint Collier, who marched with Dr. King and in addition lead the march to get King out of the Neshoba County jail in the course of the civil rights period. She stated, “Rev. Collier raised the bail bond for his launch.”
She stated, “Collier was her husband’s touring companion and saved psychological notes for Rev. Collier. He too, commanded my respect and love.” She stated Mrs. Collier has earned the respect of all Morton residents… black, white and Hispanic. Her smile and nice voice set her other than others.”
Harvey stated she is named top-of-the-line cooks within the county, as she will attest to that, particularly on the subject of her bread pudding. Harvey stated, “She is a pillar within the Christian neighborhood and was lately honored for 76 years of service to the Christian Banner U.M. Church in Morton. “
Harvey, who’s founder and president of Legacy Training and Group Empowerment Basis, Inc., stated Collier’s thoughts is as sharp as they arrive. She acknowledged once they interviewed her in 2012 and 2016, she remembered highschool occasions and in addition shared her impressions of President Obama. She stated, “It soothes my coronary heart and soul to take heed to her phrases of knowledge and love…such an important woman.”
Collier’s twin daughters Sandra and Linda each agree that their mom is the epitome of power and love. Linda, who retired from Mississippi Division of Human Companies in 2011 as a social employee stated that so many individuals like her mother so typically go unrecognized for the life they’ve lived and the way they’ve impacted different’s lives in a constructive method. She stated, my mom allowed us to attend Piney Woods Nation Life Faculty at a time when others had been calling it a reform college. She made certain we had a correct schooling. Linda, who attended Alcorn College stated her sisters Linda and Deborah attended Southern College in Baton Rouge.
Sandra, who remains to be working as a registered nurse had among the similar ideas as her twin sister relating to how typically instances individuals who have the best affect on others so typically go unrecognized. She stated, “Our mom would inform us, failure isn’t an possibility. Go get that diploma, and should you don’t come again with that piece of paper, don’t come again in any respect.”
Collier, who nonetheless cooks each day, and huge meals when she is aware of firm is coming, says she nonetheless drives her automotive. She stated, “I take advantage of to run into individuals at Walmart earlier than the pandemic who would ask her, do your women know you’re right here?” She stated I’d inform them, “I do what I need to particularly when they’re at work.”