First Lady Regina Mary Peters (Courtesy photo)

Mrs. Regina Mary Peters, first lady of Greater Liberty Baptist Church, passed away on September 19, leaving behind a legacy of love, dedication, and a profound impact on her family and community.  According to her family and friends, her memory will forever be cherished, as she lived embodying the essence of a Proverbs 31 virtuous woman.

A celebration of her was held on October 11, at Angelus Funeral Home and a repast at the Wilfandel Club in the West Adams district of Los Angeles.

Regina was born on July 14, 1944, in New Orleans, Louisiana to Thelma Nelson-Wright and Emitt Wright. Following her mother Thelma’s passing when Regina was seven-years-old, she and her only sibling, Rhoda Theresa Samuels, were sent to Los Angeles for a brighter future.

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They resided with their Aunt Cara, Aunt Rosa and Uncle Craig Wright, while their father Emitt, remained in New Orleans to provide financial support for his two daughters.

Regina found solace and purpose in the Pilgrim Baptist Church and went on to enroll in George Washington Carver School where she excelled in her studies. She continued her education at Jefferson High School in Los Angeles and graduated as valedictorian of her class.

After high school, Regina pursued her passion for hairstyling at Los Angeles Trade Tech College and earned her cosmetology license. She began her career at the renowned Jan’s Hair Salon on Adams Boulevard, frequented by many celebrities.

During this time, Regina met her future husband, Theodore Peters, who lived next door. Their romance blossomed, and they soon wed in a grand ceremony at Regina’s home church, Pilgrim Baptist, on August 8, 1964.

The couple bought their first home, a duplex on 71st Street, where they welcomed their first son, Eric Wesley Peters, followed by Brian Wesley Peters two years later. Four years after that, at the age of 30, Regina gave birth to her third son, Corey Wesley Peters.

Despite the responsibilities of raising three young children, Regina decided to further her education and enrolled at Pepperdine University to earn her college degree. She went on to earn three Master’s degrees from California Lutheran and Cal State LA and eventually found her calling in teaching special education at Lewis School in Bellflower.

After her children had grown, Regina pursued her dream of becoming an administrator. She ended her career as a vice principal in the Santa Clarita school district. She worked an additional 10 years to support her husband’s dream of becoming a full-time pastor.

Regina was a part of the National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa Incorporated as well as the dean and chaplain of the Ministers Wives of Inglewood and Surrounding vicinity.  Regina faithfully served in several ministries at GLBC for over 40 years as Deaconess, Sunday School teacher and member of the Inspirational Choir.

As written in a tribute for Regina, “Sis. Peters was loved and respected by the congregation. Applying her vocational abilities as an educator, along with her belief that the Bible is completely and finally the authoritative and inerrant Word of God, she was an excellent teacher, displaying her skills in Sunday School as well as Bible Study,

On September 1, 1993, Regina welcomed her first grandchild, Micah Wesley Peters. Over the years, she became a beloved grandmother to Kaiyah Wesley Peters, Mahdi Weslyn Peters, Legacy Wesley Peters, Knowledge Weslynn Peters, Atlas Wesley Peters, Sunday Weslynn Peters, and Mercy Weslynn Peters. Her love for her grandchildren remained unwavering until her passing.

Regina Mary Wright is survived by her sister Rhoda Samuels; three sons, Eric Wesley Peters, Dr. Brian Wesley Peters, and Corey Wesley Peters; eight grandchildren, niece, Rannon Samuels; grandnephew, Brandon Samuels-Fairley; daughter-in-law, Rebecca Peters; and a host of family and friends.