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Zeta Phi Beta Sorority honors longtime member


In a private gathering held in early October, members of the Epsilon Zeta Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. honored longtime member, Estella Barnett Clark.

Clark was born in 1927 to Ben and Laura Barnett in Cleveland County. She was number seven of nine children and is now the only surviving sibling. She attended elementary school in south Arkansas and is a proud graduate of the J.C. Corbin Laboratory School. She earned a bachelor of science degree from AM&N College (now the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff) in 1962. She went on to earn two master’s degrees from Indiana University and the University of Nebraska.

Clark began her teaching career at the elementary level in Lake Village. After receiving her advanced degrees, she became an instructor at Grambling State University. While teaching at Grambling State University, Clark sought membership into the Epsilon Alpha Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc.

During the October gathering, Clark recalled it was because of her admiration for her mentor, Katherine G. Durvan, an assistant professor of education at AM&N College and first president of the Epsilon Zeta Zeta Chapter, that she became a member of the sorority.

Clark later returned to her alma mater, UAPB/AM&N College, and served as the reading specialist coordinator in the University College until her retirement. She transferred her membership to the local Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. chapter, Epsilon Zeta Zeta, where she served on various committees for more than 30 years.

Clark remained active in the chapter until her health began to fail. She is grateful to her sorority for the bond and will miss the members of the chapter as she relocates to another state to be closer to family.