Women's Wall of Honor 2006Okaloosa County Commission on the Status of Women
From left to right – Mary Norton, Patricia Grinsted, Alexis Tibbetts, Frances Wasson-Gerstman, Judy Wiseman, Wanda Pitts, and Barbara Wall. Not pictured: Bernadette Cover, Yulee Way Lazarus (deceased), Gladys Thomas (deceased), and Peggy Turpen.
(Individual descriptions were written at the time of nomination and have not been updated. Most of these women have gone on to do even more amazing things for their community and their neighbors.)
Bernadette is a kind and caring person. She has crawled into my attic to fix a leaking roof, and she is always ready to help. She loves to plan random acts of kindness and is sensitive to people in need. Bernadette is a great friend.
Nominated by Betsy Christianson
The Honorable Patricia Grinsted has served the community in many ways and for many years. Prior to her appointment to the bench, she was a valuable member of the Bridgeway Center and Okaloosa-Walton Child Care Services Boards. As her role as an attorney, she assisted with many pro-bono cases.
Nominated by Community Friends
Yulee Way Lazarus
Yulee was devoted to preserving the prehistoric history of Fort Walton Beach. Together with her husband, they established the Indian Temple Mound Museum and received recognition for the Temple Mound as a National Historic Landmark. Her legacy lives on today through the museum’ s educational programs to “share the past with the present.”
Nominated by Anna Peele
In good times and bad, in war and in peace, in sickness and in health, our mother has been a pillar of faith to which our family has clung. She has set an example of service to others that continues as she works virtually full time as a volunteer at Bluewater Elementary School. There the children know her as Granny, and look forward to her visits each day.
Nominated by Kelly, John and Joey Humprey
Wanda has served as President of the Kiwanis Club of Destin and as Lt Governor for Division 1. She has worked with the Children’s Advocacy Center, the YMCA, Foster Care Program, and served as a mentor for middle school students. She has also provided necessities for Shelter House and participated in the Relay for Life.
Nominated by Judy Wiseman
Gladys Moehle Thomas
Gladys Thomas had a distinguished Federal Civil Service career in all military services branches. She has served in Fort Walton’s Retired Officer’s Wives Club and the Republican Women’s Club. Gladys contributes generously to numerous charitable causes. She is the Grand Dame of Shalimar Point.
Nominated by Debra Petry and Nan Prettyman
Alexis Clegorne Tibbetts
Alexis Clegorne Tibbetts has the commitment of a teacher, the courage of a war fighter’s wife, the compassion of a mother, and the character of a native of Okaloosa County. Alexis was raised in Crestview, traveled the world with her husband, and finally returned home, working untiringly for our community.
Nominated by Gail Folsom
Peggy is the most loving, caring, and giving woman we know. She has been involved in charity work her whole life and has had nothing but compassion and love for those lucky enough to come in contact with her. She is our mother, best friend, and we love her.
Nominated by Richard and Bev McNally and Steve and Gayle Turpen.
Barbara Wall has been a member of this community for 14 years. During this time she has participated in many church and civic organizations to better serve our community. Barbara is a loving wife and mother who is loved, honored and respected by all who know her.
Nominated by Thomas Wall
Fran was my principal at the Learning Center. She encouraged me and provided many opportunities for me to develop professionally. She did this and more for each of her teachers. She was our inspiration, our mentor, and most of all, our friend.
Nominated by Betsy Christianson
Judith Reno Wiseman
Judy’s life is all about serving children; teaching Conflict Resolution in District schools, providing classes for Boy’s and Girl’s Clubs and instructing Red Cross babysitting courses. She spearheaded holiday gift collections for children of Shelter House and the Children Advocacy Center and provided mental health counseling to victims of child abuse.
Nominated by Omar Wiseman