Teressa T. Delph, longtime JDL Board Member, passed away last week after a brief battle with cancer. Teressa was a member of the Library Board for twenty years having been appointed by the City of Jackson in June 1994. During her tenure, she has served as President, Vice President and Secretary/Treasurer. Currently, she was serving on the Personnel Committee after having been its Chairman for a number of years. A former educator, Teressa taught elementary school in the Jackson Public Schools from 1974 until her retirement in 1998.
Ms. Delph was extremely active in the community and has served on the City of Jackson’s Human Relations Commission since 1973 as well as serving on the Civil Service Commission. She was also affiliated with Delta Kappa Gamma Society International Alpha Iota State Omicron Chapter, Michigan Association of Retired School Personnel, Michigan Education Association, NEA Retired Program and Second Baptist Church. Teressa received the Susan B. Anthony Award in 1990 and was named the 2011-2012 Woman of Distinction of the Omicron Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma. Most recently, Teressa was honored to receive the Humanitarian Award from Woldwide Who’s Who for her service as a commissioner and mediator on the City of Jackson’s Human Relations Commission.
With her life-long passion for literacy, Teressa was the founder of the Jackson Human Relations Commission Teressa Delph Essay and Oratorical Contest, which will be held for the twenty-fifth time in March 2015. Teressa was a dedicated library patron before being appointed to the board and promoted the library and our services to everyone she met! She was proud to be associated with Jackson District Library and we are honored to have received her dedication and devotion to service. Teressa served as a mentor to many children, men and women in the Jackson community and will be greatly missed.
Funeral arrangements are being handled through the Patience Montgomery Funeral Home with visitation on Friday, July 11th from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home, 306 First Street in Jackson. Services will be held at the Second Missionary Baptist Church, 304 E. Prospect Street, on Saturday, July 12th with a 10:00 a.m. Family Hour and 11:00 a.m. Funeral Service.