The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

June 7, 2013

Essie Ruth Richardson Humanitarian Award

by C. Rudolph Knight

TARBORO — The Perry-Weston Historical Institute presented the first Essie Ruth Humanitarian Award to the first recipients on June 1, as a part of the Nonagenarian Tea at Calvary Episcopal Church Memorial Hall. The Essie Ruth Richardson Humanitarian Award has been established by the Perry-Weston Historical, Educational, and Cultural Institute to honor Ms. Richardson’s work, to preserve her memory, and, at the same time, to recognize outstanding members of our community.

The first two recipients of the Essie Ruth Richardson Humanitarian Award are Carrie Stanley and Marjorie Shaw.

Carrie Stanley is the Director of the Princeville Senior Center and has served in this capacity since 2000.  She is a retired registered nurse and a graduate of Conetoe High School.  She and her husband has been married for 62 years and are members of St. Luke Church of Christ.  Mr. Stanley, her able assistant at the Senior Center,  is  a retired executive from NEED, Inc.  They are the parents of two children, a daughter, Dr. Felecia Stanley Williams (a medical educator for the cardiac unit at WakeMed Health and Hospitals), and a son, Morris, who is in a management position with Merck Pharmaceuticals.  The Stanleys have four grandchildren.

A Princeville Senior Center participant says, “Carrie Stanley is a wonderful and patient person and makes sure our needs are met by including daily health, nutrition and recreation activities.”

Marjorie Shaw is the daughter of the late Annie Black Staton and is married to Jordan Shaw.  They have a son, Gregory, and a daughter, Vanessa.  The family reside at 1003 E. St. John Street amongst a profusion of flowers and plants on their well landscaped front, back and side yards.  The family are members of Mildred Chapel Church.  Each year during the harvesting of their vegetable garden, Marjorie will cook weekly the vegetables and deliver them to her older family members and friends along with containers for the freezer.  All during the year, she prepares meals several times a week to ensure that her elders are fed.

David Stroman says, “Sincere accolades to Marjorie Shaw for all she has done in our community.  Special thanks to all she has done during my absence of several years in helping to care for my mother by watching out for her property and helping to take care of her medications and being sure that she had a cooked meal every week.  I value her help and advice and treasure her concern for Mother’s well being.  Marjorie Shaw is truly the personification of what being a neighbor, a friend, and a true Christian is all about.”

C. Rudolph Knight is a Tarboro native, a retired community college educator, a research historian, and the Chair of the Perry-Weston Historical Institute.