Senior BLS Humanities major Lenora Freeman Speller, of Raleigh, passed away on Sunday night following an illness. Lenora first attended UNCG as a traditional student from 1981 to 1984, then returned after a 25-year hiatus to join the BLS Program in Spring 2009. She had completed the requirements for the humanities major, and only lacked two College core requirements to complete her Bachelor of Arts degree. She was a diligent and enthusiastic Dean’s List student, averaging a 3.85 GPA since her return, and she was highly regarded by her instructors and her classmates. As one of her instructors put it, “She was an inspiration to everyone she came in contact with in our course.”
Lenora’s pursuits extended well beyond the BLS program. She was also an Associate Minister at Cup of Salvation Deliverance Church in Durham, and was simultaneously pursuing a degree in divinity at Maranatha Christian College & Theological Seminary, all while raising five children and holding down a job. Two of Lenora’s children are currently in PhD programs; one is a senior in college, and her two youngest are 12 and 14. She is also survived by her husband, her mother, and five sisters.
The faculty and staff of the Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies program extend our deepest sympathies to Lenora’s family.