MOUNT VERNON — Former Mount Vernon resident Ellamae Simmons was recognized by Mount Vernon City Council on Monday night in honor of Black History Month.
“She overcame one obstacle after another,” said Mayor Richard Mavis of Simmons, who is currently residing in California. “She will be 94 years old on March 26. She is a delight to talk to and is extremely honored that we are going to honor her as part of Black History Month. She is one of ours, and she is a remarkable woman,” said Mavis.
Simmons’ neice, Varian Simmons-Wilson was on hand to accept the proclamation.
Various members of council gave their fond recollections of the Wilson family. “Isabelle (Wilson’s mother) loved everyone in this community, and everyone loved Isabelle and Lawrence (parents),” said councilwoman Nancy Vail. “There wasn’t anyone who was a stranger in that home,” said John Fair of the Wilson household.