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CMEs Honor Bettye Faye Nichols
By Cora Jackson-Fossett, Religion Editor
Published March 11, 2020

From left are Dr. Vanilla Brooks, Bettye Faye Nichols and Cheryl Estrada. (Courtesy photo)

More than 100 people came out to The Quiet Cannon Restaurant to salute Bettye Faye Nichols, the director emerita of the CME Southern California Region Department of Public Relations.

Nichols, a long-time Sentinel contributor, has devoted 30+ years to publicizing the activities of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, both on a local and national level. The event, held on March 7, was presented to recognize her legacy of dedicated professional service.

Family members included, from left, top row, Cheryl and Harvey Estrada, (bottom) Jason Estrada, Stephanie Estrada, Betty F. Nichols, and Joshua, Reasey, Nylah and Elijah Estrada. (Courtesy photo)

The participants included Diana Winton, emcee; Ray Thomas, soloist; and Dr. Vanilla Brooks, SCR public relations director. The Rev. Bernard Jackson, pastor of Phillips Temple CME Church; and the Rev. Travis A. Morris, presiding elder of the CME L.A./San Diego District; delivered the invocation and benediction, respectively.

Cora Jackson-Fossett, 2nd from left, presented a certificate from the L.A. Sentinel to Betty F. Nichols, 2nd from right. Looking on are Cheryl Estrada, left, and Pastor Bernard Jackson, right of Phillips Temple CME Church. (Courtesy photo)

Nichols received certificates of commendation from L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti and the Los Angeles Sentinel Newspaper and plaques from Bishop Bobby Best, presiding prelate of the CME Ninth Episcopal District; and the SCR Public Relations Committee. Also, scores of people shared touching tributes during the “Expressions of Love” session.

Cheryl and Harvey Estrada, Nichols’ son-in-law and daughter, drew lots of applause singing, “To God Be The Glory. In addition, Nichols’ grandsons, their wives, and great-grandchildren were in attendance.

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The SCR Public Relations Committee members expressed appreciation to Betty Nichols, center. (Courtesy photo)

 

 

 

 

 

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