City Councilwoman Joanne Borders, 67, died at 9:10 p.m. Monday, September 24, 2012, at York Hospital. Mrs. Borders retired from the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare after 30 years of diligent service. She began her first term with York City Council in January 2012 and proudly represented all citizens of the City of York. Mrs. Borders was a member of Trinity United Church of Christ. Born in York, on September 11, 1945, she was a daughter of the late Milton Clayton and Theresa Ingram. She was preceded in death by one brother, Junior Clayton. She leaves to cherish her memories three children, Vincent M. Clayton of Illinois, Ervine C. Hoover (companion, Robert K. Blessley) of Carlisle, and Robert D. Borders, III (wife, Kendra) of York; nine grandchildren; two sisters, Deidre "DeeDee" McDonald and Pamela McMillian (husband, Odel), both of York; nieces and nephews; a special niece, Danyielle Newman; and many cousins and friends. Mrs. Borders' generosity and kind heart were an inspiration to her family. She lived her life with integrity and bravery until the end. Joanne was a member of many organizations with the goal of improving the community which she loved. She served as a member of theBoard of Directors for Dollars for Scholars; the Crispus Attucks; Atkins House of York; The Neighborhood Alliance; Keep York Beautiful; Board President of Lincoln and Helen Thackston Charter Schools; member of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women-York; member of the Targeted Area Local Leaders; and an active member and a Past Worthy Matron of Deborah Chapter #26, Order of the Eastern Star, York, where she served on various committees in the Fifth District and Deborah Grand Chapter. Joanne was the recipient of numerous awards including the York County Assistance Office, Department of Public Welfare Directors Award; the prestigious Pennsylvania Governor's Award for Outstanding Achievement in Community Crime Prevention; the Charles S. Wolf Service Above Self Award from the Rotary Club of York; The Dedication of Community Service Award from the South George Street Community Partnership; York African American Love Feast Award for her Community Service; York City Human Relations Commission Award; the American Red Cross Community Impact Award; and the Living the Dream Award Leadership from the Crispus Attucks Center. Viewings will be held 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, September 30, and from 9 to 10:45 a.m. Monday, October 1, at Trinity United Church of Christ, 32 W. Market St., York. An Order of the Eastern Star Service will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday. The funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Monday with her Pastor, the Rev. Ruth Harvey, officiating. Burial is at Susquehanna Memorial Gardens immediately following the service. All memorial contributions should be made to R.O.A.R., 35 E. Philadelphia St., York, PA 17401 to further ovarian cancer awareness. Boulding Mortuary, Inc., is handling arrangements.
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Published in York Daily Record & York Dispatch on Sept. 28, 2012