November 2023

Page A15 november 2023 FUNERAL HOME & CEMETERY NEWS Section A The late M. Athalie Range was a legend in her lifetime. She was the recipient of more than 200 honors and awards. She received honorary Doctoral Degrees from every University in South Florida. She along with her husband Oscar L. Range started Range Funeral Home in 1953. He passed suddenly in 1960. In order to continue the business, their oldest son, having just completed college, enrolled in New England Institute of Embalming and Mortuary Science. Upon his completion, Mrs. Range enrolled in New England Institute and after she returned home, she became a licensed funeral director. Being very astute, she was drafted to become the first Black to run for the City of Miami Commission and served for more than one term. Governor Rueben Askew tapped her to serve as the Secretary of Community Affairs for the State of Florida. Mrs. Range was the first woman to serve in this capacity. Mrs. Range was selected by President Jimmy Carter to serve on the Board of the Florida East Coast Railway System. Coincidentally, in her early days, she worked for Florida East Coast Railroad as a coach cleaner. By Elleanor Starks, cfsp Founder and Executive Director 100 Black Women of Funeral Service, Inc. Legends of Funeral Service Whether continuing their family’s legacy or taking a leap of faith into the profession, these Legends have become leaders through hard work and dedication to the Funeral Service Industry. As managers, owners, role models and mentors, each of these individuals have an inspired and have used their talents to help others. Legends encourage creativity, entrepreneurial spirit, and teamwork. M. Athalie Range Range Funeral Home Miami, Florida M. Athalie Range fax 1-800-321-9040 PO Box 5159, Youngstown, OH 44514 FUNERAL HOME & CEMETERY NEWS Send us your news! We Welcome Industry News from YOU!