Emily Spencer DeCosta

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Fielding Home for Funerals
122 Logan Street P.O. Box 994
Charleston, SC
29402
(843)-722-3348
Obituary

Emily Spencer DeCosta CHARLESTON - Emily Howland Spencer DeCosta was born in Washington, DC, first daughter to Evie Carpenter and James Spencer. She grew up in Richmond, VA, earned a B. A. at Virginia State College and earned a M. A. in English at the University of Michigan in 1943. She taught English at Virginia State College for three years and while there, she met Herbert A. DeCosta, Jr. who was an Architectural Engineer in Hampton, VA at the predecessor to NASA. They married and moved to Charleston in February 1947. From 1947-1985, Emily was the bookkeeper, office manager and corporation secretary for H. A. DeCosta Company, General Contractors. Emily was active in the community, participating on numerous boards, including the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Charleston Concert Association, and the American Cancer Society. Committed to the YWCA of Greater Charleston, Inc. not only was she a board member, but also a past president, treasurer, vice-chairman and TWIN (Tribute to Women in Industry) honoree. She was a charter member and past president of Jack and Jill of America of Charleston, SC. She was a life member of Alpha Kappa Alpa Sorority, Inc., as well as member of 56 years with The Links, Inc., an organization in which she served as both president and treasurer for 16 years. Further, she was a volunteer docent at the Nathaniel Russell House for 22 years and was also involved with the Lowcountry Aid to Africa and the American Heart Association. She was recognized twice by the MOJA Arts Festival, in 2005 she received an Arts Award and in 2008 a Standing on the Shoulders of Our Elders award. Emily and Herbert both were extremely active with the Spoleto Festival, USA. Emily served on the entertainment committee and hosted numerous Spoleto artists in their home. Emily and Herbert loved to travel and made many overseas trips. One of the highlights of their travels was a trip to the Spoleto Festival in Italy. She was a dedicated member of St. Mark's Episcopal and was also the former chairman of the Diocesan ECW Missions Committee. Emily is survived by her daughters, Margaret and Gail DeCosta and four grandchildren. Wake is 6:00 p.m. Thursday, April 7, and the Funeral Service is Friday, April 8, at noon, both at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Thomas and Warren Streets, Father Dan Messier, Priest. Friends may call FIELDING HOME FOR FUNERALS, 122 Logan Street, 722-3348 or 1-800-290-5954. Interment: Unity and Friendship Cemetery, Cunnington Avenue, Charleston, SC. Visit our guestbook at www.postandcourier.com/ deaths

Published in Charleston Post & Courier on Apr. 4, 2011
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