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Long-serving Red Cross Volunteer Emily Ware Passes at 97

Emily Mason Ware died on Oct 25, 2013 at the age of 97. Ms. Ware was the second African American to be hired by the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department in the 1940’s and the first to become deputy over transportation. Ms. Ware was a Red Cross volunteer with over 25-years of service to the organization. Her long and invaluable efforts were honored at her funeral with a certificate in “appreciation for her service and dedication,” presented by the American Red Cross.

Ms. Ware started her career at the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department. She progressed through the department’s ranks. Ms. Ware retired from the department to return to school, fulfilling a life’s dream and earning her BA in Education from Cal State University and then completed graduate work at both Pepperdine and UCLA. She began teaching in 1961 and served as Chairperson for the Jordan High School Advisory Committee, as well as being active in the PTA.

Ms. Ware was a co-founder of Project Jordan, a program aimed to stimulate and support academic achievement of students at Jordan High School. Her efforts were featured in the LA Times calendar section and she was also honored by KCTV with the Local Hero of the Year Award in 2008, during Black History Month.

As a Red Cross volunteer, Ms. Ware served as a Disaster Social Worker in the Southeast District and was on the Southeast Board of Directors. She was also a disaster volunteer coordinator. Ms. Ware made long-serving commitments to various charitable organizations, along with her work for the American Red Cross.

In addition to her own three daughters, Ms. Ware fostered children and was vitally active in the lives of many students at Jordan High. Her passions were entertaining in her home and showing off her garden. She also enjoyed golf and loved “whopp’n you up in cards.”

Resolutions, recognitions and messages of condolence at the service for Ms. Ware were presented from U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer, U.S. Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Councilmember Joe Buscaino, Sheriff Baca, other dignitaries and non-profit organizations. ABC channel 7 News also attended the service.