Ivy Beyond the Wall Tribute
When a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha leaves this earthly realm to transition to eternal rest, we consider that member an Ivy Beyond the Wall. Phi Nu Omega bids farewell to the following members of this chapter and our illustrious sorority:
Her Journey’s Just Begun
Don’t think of her as gone away,
her journey’s just begun,
Life holds so many facets,
this earth is only one,
Just think of her as resting,
from the sorrows and the tears,
In a place of warmth and comfort,
where there are no days or years,
Think how she must be wishing,
that we could know today,
How nothing but our sadness,
can really pass away,
And think of her as living,
in the hearts of those she touched,
For nothing loved is ever lost,
and she was loved so much.
Cruikshank: Retired Educator/Author
Tinley Park, IL – Soror Sharon Cruikshank became an Ivy Beyond the Wall on April 2, 2021. As a graduate of Northeastern Illinois University with a BA in elementary education, and National Louis University with a Master of Education, her life’s passion was teaching, and she enjoyed a fulfilling career in elementary schools for over forty years, including time as a library media specialist. She also had a passion for writing and published 5 children’s books. In 2019, she achieved a lifelong dream and became a member of Phi Nu Omega Chapter in Alexandria, Virginia, and was an active member in her short tenure serving with chapter members, including her daughter, Soror Essence Mitchell. She considered her time with the sorority a great joy and privilege. She leaves to cherish her memory, husband William, children Essence, Rahsaan, and Todd (Sydney); granddaughters; siblings; and a host of extended family and friends.
Worthy: Political Appointee/Silver Star/Basileus
Worthy became an Ivy Beyond the Wall on August 18, 2021. With a BA in political science from Stetson University, she served as a political appointee in the administrations of four presidents. During the Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations, she helped lead USDA initiatives to support historically black land-grant colleges and universities, as well as HUD programs to assist minority and women small business entrepreneurs. During the George W. Bush and Donald Trump administrations, she served as a senior public affairs advisor in the Labor and Transportation Departments, respectively. Committed to service to others, she was a member of Top Ladies of Distinction Inc., and a silver star with 45 years of continuous service in the Sorority. She was a charter member, and the current Basileus of Phi Nu Omega Chapter, and has held leadership roles in international and regional committees of the Sorority.