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Eldora Polk

Willie Eldora Fluker was born on August 9, 1915 in Franksville, Washington County, Alabama to Evander and Mary Donaldson Fluker. She was the fifth of eight children, two boys and six girls. She began her education in Franksville, Alabama Public Schools. Eldora married Floyd Howell of Cornton, Alabama. They moved to St. Stephens, Alabama to live and work. Eldora and Floyd had six children - Zeola, Floyd Jr., Othello, Grady Floyd, James Edward and Roy Joseph. The Howells moved to Mobile, Alabama for better employment

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and later to Monrovia, California. The Polk family’s Monrovia home was at 1221 S. California. She wanted better education and work opportunities for herself and her children. It is not surprising that she went back to school and graduated from Monrovia High in the same class as her youngest son, Roy. She also earned an Associate Arts degree from Citrus College in 1976. Eldora was active in church and community wherever she lived. In the 1940s she had worked on voters’ registration for the NAACP in Alabama. She was also a member of the National Association of Colored Women’s Clubs headquartered in Washington, DC. In Monrovia, she energized the Anna H. Jones Club. As president, she led the group to its most profitable and visible years of service, including the 75th Anniversary celebration in 1996. With her cousin, Bill Brooks, she brought a new sense of worth to the Black community and reached out to all of Monrovia for support. Eldora’s significant activity in Monrovia provided a positive picture of the Black community. Her strong leadership of the Anna H. Jones Club gave White Monrovians an opportunity to show their support of the Black community in return. She received Monrovia’s key to the city and the prestigious Chamber of Commerce Iris Award for her civic involvement. Years of diligent service with Santa Anita Family Service, Meals on Wheels, League of Women voters, Friends of the Library, Community Relations Committee, and various city commissions led to her being honored by Los Angeles County in 1987 as one of six Older Americans of the Year. That same year, the Monrovia Centennial Committee named Eldora the recipient of the Century Recognition Award for Community Service. God called her home on Thursday, March 12, 2015. Eldora often said, “Helping somebody is where I get my joy.” She put her words into action until her health prevented her from doing so several years ago.

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