Rosie L. Dyer
Rosie Dyer was born in 1930 to Samuel and Florence Johnson in Grenada, Mississippi. She and Louis B. Dyer have been married since 1949 and have one daughter, Rosa, one step-daughter, Thelma McClinton, three grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren.
With 33 years of service, Mrs. Dyer was a graduate of Champaign Beauty School. She earned her B.S. and M.S. degrees from the National Institute of Cosmetologists. She served as president of the Twin City Cosmetologists and the Alpha Chi Sorority and has been a member of the Twin City Cosmetologists since it was founded in October 1960.
Mrs. Dyer was a long-time member of Mount Olive Baptist Church, where she served as an usher, board member, and Sunday school teacher. Specifically, she has served on the Senior Usher Board, Director of the Junior Ushers and Pacers, and on the Committee for Christian Education.
Mrs. Dyer has made many contributions to her profession and to the community. She hosted a fundraiser for the AIDS benefit for Frances Nelson Health Center and for the Adopt Douglass Park Association. She has volunteered at Covenant Medical Center and she was a member of the NCNW and the Concerned Citizens for a Better Neighborhood. She also served on the committee for the Champaign Douglass Branch Library - Frederick Douglass Memorial. Mrs. Dyer is a member at large with the National Council of Negro Women.
Awards include: the Park District Appreciation for Volunteer Service award, the Community Service Award for Concerned Citizens for a Better Neighborhood and a Certificate of Achievement from the Institute for the Research and Development of Competency Based Teacher's Education Program, Wayne State University College of Education, Detroit.
Rosie L. Dyer passed away on September 24, 2015 at her home, 35 years after her husband.