The details for the Celebration of Life Services of Nancy Gardner Sewell, mother of Congresswoman Terri Sewell, have been announced.
Nancy Sewell passed away on June 10 of pancreatic cancer. She was 81. Before her death, she had worked as a librarian and had served as the first Black female member of the Selma City Council.
“My brothers and I were blessed to have an amazing mother who blazed trails in education, public service, and community activism,” said Terri Sewell in a press release.
“As the first Black Councilwoman for the City of Selma, Nancy Gardner Sewell paved the way for the journey that now I have the privilege to travel as Alabama’s first Black Congresswoman.”
A homegoing service will be held at Beulah Primitive Baptist Church in Hope Hull on June 18 at 11 a.m. The press release noted that this was Nancy Sewell’s childhood church.
Nancy Sewell will lie in repose at Historic Brown Chapel AME Church in Selma on June 19 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Masks are required and no photos are allowed. At 12 p.m. a memorial Celebration of Life will be held.
Nancy Sewell will be interred at New Live Oak Cemetery.
“My mother was the epitome of a servant leader from her more than 50-year commitment to serving underprivileged children in the Alabama Blackbelt to holding international positions in her beloved Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and to her lifelong dedication to uplifting the Selma-Dallas County community,” Terri Sewell said.
“We know that our mother, Nancy Gardner Sewell, sowed many seeds and that her legacy will live on in the many lives that she impacted.”
A biography in remembrance of the congresswoman’s mother can be seen in the press release on her website.
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