Delores J. (Spearman) (Olds) Donald, 76, of Sandusky, was called to eternal life Thursday morning, July 11, 2013, in Stein Hospice Care Center, surrounded by her husband, pastor, family, and friends, after a brief illness.
She was born Dec. 14, 1936, in Memphis, Tenn., to Erastus Spearman and Reyna Bell Spearman.
Delores was a 1954 graduate of Booker T. Washington High School in Memphis. In 1956, she moved to New York City, where she graduated from Beackman College and interned on CBS’s “The Ed Sullivan Show.”
In 1962, Delores moved back to Memphis and was hired by Motown Records as promoter of R&B and Gospel Music. She then worked for Stax’s Record as National Director of College Promotions until Stax’s closing in 1976, at which point she moved to Cleveland, Ohio. In Cleveland, Delores became an active member in her community. She worked with elected officers such as Stephanie Tubbs Jones, Michael White, and Mayor Jackson. She was elected to the position of Precinct Committeeman because of the grass-roots support that she provided to candidates. She also served as the Local Advisory Council President on the board of the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority, where she brought holistic revitalizations to the lives of public housing senior residents.
Once in Sandusky, Delores organized and chartered the National Council of Negro Women, Inc. (NCNW), Sandusky Chapter. She was an active member of Ebenezer Baptist Church, where she was an usher, deaconess, and missionary. She was recognized by The Ohio AFL-CIO Political Task Force and Ohioans for a Fair Minimum Wage for her efforts with petitions and voter affairs.
Delores has been awarded the Spirit of Women Award from the NCNW, Cuyahoga Section, the Ohio State Coalition Award, Appreciation Award for chartering the Sandusky Chapter of the NCNW, and was inducted into the Black Women Promoters Hall of Fame.
She is survived by her loving husband, Cleo Donald; daughters, Carolyn J. Rice, of Cleveland, Ohio, and Theresa A. Stewart, of Sandusky; ten grandchildren, Randy, Korey (Darrin), Chris, Tameka (Tremayne), Tavis, Toya, Lashaunda, Ladonna, Tony, and Michael; 31 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; daughters in Christ, Rose (Frank) Churchwell and Annette (Charles) Wheeler, both of Sandusky; sisters in Christ, Althea (Ruben) Johnson, Mary (Jack) Brown, Leola Bailey, and Delores (Curtis) Brown; lifetime friends, Jackson and Byron; special niece, Jeanette; and a host of nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Clastus Spearman; and sister, Pearl M. Washington.
Friends may call 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, July 19, at Ebenezer Baptist Church, 1215 Pierce St., Sandusky. Funeral services will follow at 1 p.m., Rev. Clayton Howard will officiate. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery.
Condolences and gifts of sympathy may be made to the family at toftfh.com.