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Two Inducted into NLR Senior Citizens Hall of Fame
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Esther Clark Crawford and Erma Wilbert Inducted Into the North Little Rock Senior Citizens Hall of Fame

Esther Clark Crawford and Erma Wilbert were inducted as the 44th and 45th members of the North Little Rock Senior Citizens Hall of Fame at a ceremony at the Hays Center on March 14, 2018. The North Little Rock Senior Citizens Commission bestows this honor biennially to individuals who have made significant contributions to senior citizens of North Little Rock, Arkansas in the areas of health, welfare and/or activities for seniors.

Esther Clark Crawford has been an educator, motivator, and leader almost her entire life. She retired from the North Little Rock School District after over 40 years and still serves on the board of the NLR Education Foundation. Esther also serves on the board of the William F. Laman Public Library and volunteers in the Women’s Ministry and on the hospitality committee of her church, Fellowship North. Esther has a huge heart for cancer patients, serving as an “MVP,” Most Vital Pal, at the Winthrop Rockefeller Cancer Institute helping Multiple Myeloma patients navigate their treatments, a program she helped pilot in 2009. She also makes Care Caps for patients who have lost their hair to radiation, and has been Volunteer of the Year for the Cancer Institute’s Auxiliary. On top of all her volunteer activities, Esther has taught as an adjunct in UA Little Rock’s Early Childhood Education program since 2003, supervising students during their field experience in NLR elementary schools. Esther offers help daily to individuals in need, whether it is driving someone to a doctor’s appointment, funeral, or just to visit a friend.

Erma Wilbert is a devoted caregiver to her family and community. She retired from the U.S. Postal Service after 28 years of service. Soon after retiring, Erma went back to work as an Activity Director at the Campus Towers senior public housing facility, where she has worked for 5 years to invigorate housing residents to reach their fullest potential through activities geared toward their physical, mental, and spiritual wellbeing. Erma served for seven years as Vice Queen for the Hays Center’s chapter of the Red Hat Society, the “Red Hot Hays Honeys.” She is also an active member of her church, serving in the Sanctuary Choir and Nursing Home Ministry of Greater Second Baptist Church in Little Rock. She has a fantastic voice and is always willing to sing whenever asked. She is also an exceptional interior decorator and freely uses her gift to help others spruce up their living quarters. Erma is a wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother who involves her family in her service to the community.

Any person 55 years of age or older who is a resident or former resident of North Little Rock may be nominated for the Hall of Fame. To nominate an individual for induction in 2020, please contact the Hays Center via email or phone: (501) 975-4297.