Alameda T. Hansborough, a native of Washington, D.C. departed this life peacefully, with her son by her side, September 27, 2013. She was born to the late Hazel Alameda (Graham) and Leon Stanley Turner on July 26, 1917 at her grandparents’ home in Sheepsheadbay, Brooklyn, N.Y.
She received her early education at Dunbar High School in Washington, D.C. After receiving her bachelor’s degree in education at Minor Teachers College, she attained her master’s degree in English from Howard University in Washington, D.C. She was employed by the Washington D.C. Public School system. Mrs. H., as her students called her, taught middle school English. She was instrumental in developing the Adult Education System. She then went on to teach for the Department of Adult and Continuing Education, where she was the branch director. Alameda decided to leave the classroom and work as an administrator. When asked what one of her greatest accomplishments might be, she replied “teaching.” At the age of 68 she decided that 45 years of services was plenty, and enjoyed 28 years of retirement.
On December 28, 1942, she was united in holy matrimony to the late Dr. Louis A. Hansborough and they later had a son, Louis Philip Hansborough.
Alameda had a true passion for interior design and bridge. She was often told by her father that she should have been an interior designer with her uncanny knack for taking a room and turning into a work of art that was pleasing to the eyes. She played bridge for over 80 years.
Mrs. Hansborough was a lifelong member of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Foggy Bottom, where her grandfather was one of the first members. A third generation member of St. Mary’s Church, she was baptized at a very young age. She served on the vestry of the church for many years. As a member of St. Mary’s church she received numerous outstanding service awards.
In addition, Alameda also received recognition from the Council of Indian Nations and The Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association and many others.
Hazel and Leon Tuner, Dr. Louis A. Hansborough, her sisters Dr. Leona Turner, Hazel Turner Black, a brother and his wife Stanley Turner and Sue, a nephew Paul Christopher Black preceded her in death.
She will truly be missed by her son Louis P. Hansborough (Anita), of Pittsburgh, Pa., granddaughter Alana, of Pittsburgh, Pa., nieces Leona and Adrienne, of Washington, D.C. and Penny of Fort Worth, Texas, great nephews Paul-Harvey and Phillip-Michael, of Washington, D.C., Charles, Fort Worth, Texas; great niece Charlene of Fort Worth, Texas, and a host of relatives and friends.
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