OCCSW Okaloosa County Commission on the Status of Women

2000 Okaloosa County Women's Hall of Fame Honorees

Catherine Pierce Berridge - Pioneer Award

Catherine Pierce Berridge (1906- ) was President of the Community Action Program and began the Okaloosa County Guidance Clinic (now Bridgeway Center,) Head Start and Foster Grandparents programs; was awarded the Florida Association of Mental Health's Silver Medallion. She remains active in the Camellia Society, Delta Omicron chapter of Beta Sigma Phi and St. Simon's on the Sound Episcopal Church. 2000 Pioneer inductee at the age of 93.

Shirley Ginzburg - One of a Kind Award

Shirley Ginzburg organized the first Ms. Senior Okaloosa pageant in 1994 and was a winner herself in 1999. Organized beauty pageants at the FWB Care Center and taught line dancing for nine years for Westwood and Senior Friends. Inducted in 2000 with a special One of a Kind award.

Mary V. Jones - Pioneer Award

Mary V. Jones (1923- ) was a reporter for the Associated Press and worked with the military during WWII. Still active with the Girl Scouts, organized Crestview’s first annual heritage day, president of Sharing and Caring in Crestview. Runs her own printing business, writes a weekly column, and is active in Kiwanis and an elder at her church. 2000 Pioneer inductee at the age of 77.

Celeste Mapoles - Pioneer Award

Celeste Mapoles (1889-1977) was a businesswoman, civic leader and journalist. While her husband served as a state legislator, she worked with him in introducing a bill to create the formation of Okaloosa County. After the bill passed they moved from Laurel Hill to Crestview and started a movement to have Crestview named as the county seat. They finally succeeded after a heated battle. She was the owner, editor and publisher of the Okaloosa Messenger, which she operated until the early 1940s. She was inducted posthumously as a Pioneer.

Susan Myers - Contemporary Award

Susan Myers is a organizational psychologist know for her community activism. Fort Walton Beach Chamber Member of the Year in 1992, served on the FWB City Council, currently chairs the city's Vision Stewardship Committee. A tireless devotee of beautification and preservation projects.

Pearl Tyner - Pioneer Award

Pearl Tyner graduated from FSU in 1930 and served in the Army in WWII. She was one of the original members of the Okaloosa County Cattleman’s Association and was active in cattle ranching and tree farming all her life. Pearl was a benefactor to the Florida Forestry Association, local schools and as distinguished FSU alumna. Tyner Tower on campus is dedicated in her honor. She was Laurel Hill's 1999 Citizen of the Year. 2000 Pioneer Inductee at the age of 92.

Marilyn Joan Young - Humanitarian Award

Marilyn Joan Young - Won the Carolyn Spencer Humanitarian award for establishing the local chapter of Compassionate Friends and for her work with the Sexual Trauma Team, Trauma Intervention Program (TIP), and Hospice. Recognized as the Mental Health volunteer of the year in 1999 and active with Gold Star Wives. 2000 inductee.

2000 Honorees

Catherine Pierce Berridge
Pioneer Award

Shirley Ginzburg

Mary V. Jones
Pioneer Award

Celeste Mapoles
Pioneer Award

Susan Myers
Contemporary Award

Pearl Tyner
Pioneer Award

Marilyn Joan Young
Humanitarian Award


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