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Obituary: Lillie Rose Stanback '76

AFTER teaching in the Philadelphia School District for 30 years, Lillie Rose Stanback was not finished with her goal of making the world a better place. 

She went back to her hometown of Rockingham, N.C., and worked with community organizations and church groups. She became a well-known figure there, dedicated to helping people and spreading her faith. Lillie Rose Stanback, an elementary-school teacher who was honored with citations from the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and Philadelphia City Council for her contributions to learning, died Jan. 5, 2012. She was 80 and lived in South Philadelphia.

She was born in Durham County, N.C., the second child of Ollie Stanback and Addie Mae Wall. She spent her formative years in the Durham-Rockingham area and graduated from Rockingham High School. Lillie attended Bennett College, in Greensboro, N.C., receiving a bachelor's degree in 1953. She obtained certification to teach English. Shortly thereafter, she moved to Philadelphia and launched her teaching career. She went back to school and earned a master's degree in education from Antioch College in 1976. She retired from teaching in 1995.

In North Carolina, Lillie was active with the Piney Grove-Galveston Community Center, Piney Grove African Methodist Zion Church, New Silver Grove AME Zion Church, Walls-Chapel AME Zion Church and Mt. Sinai Baptist Church. In addition, she contributed time and money to the World Wildlife Federation, UNICEF and the United Spinal Association, which works with people with disabilities.

She is survived by a sister, Dorothea Stanback Shuler.

Services: A memorial service was held Jan. 28 at the Slater Funeral Home, 1426 Fitzwater St. Donations in her name may be made to Bennett College, 900 E. Washington St., Greensboro, NC 27401-3298.