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Former FAMU First Lady Remembered

By: Leonard Horton
By: Leonard Horton

A wreath lies on the gate of the president's mansion at Florida A&M University, a symbol of mourning and of thanks for Antoinette Humphries, first lady to former FAMU President Frederick Humphries.

"She loved the students here at FAMU. You could drop by anytime and if you had a problem and wanted to talk with her, she would always be welcomed to that opportunity," says Audrey Simmons, who worked closely with Humphries.

Humphries lost her battle with diabetes in Orlando on last week. As an honor to her legacy, flags on FAMU's campus will fly at half staff for the rest of the week.

"Ms. Humphries was a delightful person and a loving person. She was a person who took the room when she came into the door in activities and functions. She was a pleasing woman," says Ozel Martin, a close friend of Mr. and Mrs. Humphries.

Said to be a lover of music and the arts, members of the FAMU Marching 100 will play for a special wake and funeral mass for Mrs. Humphries, a performance band director Julian White anticipates will give him a great sense of pride.

A wake is set for Wednesday followed with a funeral mass to be held Thursday morning at the Saint Benedict, the Moor Catholic Church in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Humphries was 64 years old.


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