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M. Athalie Range, whose fight against decaying, segregated schools launched a historic political career that took her to City Hall, Tallahassee and Washington, died Tuesday evening. She was 91.

Range went from cleaning railroad cars in segregated Miami to advising the White House and scores of state and local power brokers.

In the 1960s, she became Miami's first African American to serve on the City Commission. The next decade saw her become the first black -- and woman -- in Florida's history to serve in a high state government post. President Jimmy Carter later appointed her to serve on the National Railroad Passenger Corp.

Everyone from U.S. presidents down courted Range's favor. They knew she could bring in the vote when it counted in a close election. She helped Metrorail become reality, In another close referendum, she led the fight to defeat a proposed property tax roll back.

Spurred by a deep passion that blacks preserve a sense of their heritage, in her 80s Range started a cultural arts foundation. She also took the reins of the Virginia Key Beach Trust to build a museum to Miami's former ''colored'' beach. Her rationale was a desire to ``rebuild what we once had as a living memorial to our culture and the people who used to go there.''

Although she loved Miami, the elegant -- and eloquent -- Range never hesitated to criticize the poverty, despair and racism that grew within its borders.

Miami, she once said, is ``a beautiful red apple. . .rotten at the core.''

While other community leaders hid, Range walked riot-torn Miami urging calm. She fought for Haitian immigrants while attempting to find jobs for American-born blacks. She worked for gun control. She battled for more playgrounds and regular garbage pickups. She fought for blacks to be given more government contracts and jobs. And she shepherded women into becoming political leaders.

Range stood a svelte 5-feet-tall. For 22 years, she topped the scales at 97 pounds.

But Range was too busy to think about her personal appearance. She carried no mirror in her handbag. Hurrying to meetings, she didn't always comb her hair or check her lipstick.

''That's the reason for some of those awful pictures you see,'' Range once told a Miami Herald reporter. ``But you have to be ready to move fast or you'll miss something.''

She was born Mary Athalie Wilkinson on Nov. 7, 1915, in Key West. Her parents were Bahamian immigrants who moved to Miami before Range went to first grade. Her father, Edward Wilkinson, worked his way up to becoming a foreman in a cigar factory and on the loading docks.

Range's close family life shielded her from some of the pain of Jim Crow segregation.

For decades, blacks had to have identification cards to cross the MacArthur Causeway to Miami Beach. The police stations provided separate drinking fountains -- as did other public agencies.

She graduated from the segregated Booker T. Washington High School at the height of the Depression. There was no money for college. Jobs were scarce.

She got a big break during World War II: picking up trash in railroad cars. ''It paid good money,'' Range recalled.

She married Oscar Range in 1937 and they had four children. The Ranges' first home was in the Liberty Square public housing projects.

She helped her husband open a storefront mortuary in 1953 in the heart of Liberty City. It later became an imposing funeral home, one of Liberty City's most successful businesses. It was the first of three Range mortuaries.

From the start, though, Range worked hard for community improvements.

As president of the Liberty City Elementary PTA, she became angry at the conditions in the overcrowded, black-only school. Two years before Martin Luther King began his civil rights campaign in Montgomery, Ala., Range started her own battle in Miami in 1953: She filled the auditorium with 150 blacks at an all-white school board meeting. And she demanded immediate improvements.

Stunned, the school board promised her more than what she dreamed of: immediate improvements plus a new Liberty City elementary school, the first built in black Miami in a generation.

A few years later, when neighborhood schools were overcrowded again, she pushed for desegregation at all-white Orchard Villa Elementary. She partly was emboldened by the 1954 Supreme Court ruling that outlawed the separate but equal practice in public education.

On the first day of school in 1959, she walked her youngest son Gary to Orchard Villa.

Range was just starting.

She became a driving force behind a massive effort to register blacks to vote. Her husband, Oscar, helped integrate Crandon Park.

Then, her world turned upside-down in eight minutes.

In 1960, her husband died from a heart attack at their breakfast table.

She went back to school and became a licensed funeral director. She also became president of the now defunct Roosevelt Savings & Loan Association, one of the area's first integrated banking firms.

But Range never gave up her public service.

Instead, in September 1965, she made history at an NAACP meeting at St. John Baptist Church in Overtown. To the few who braved a rainstorm, Range announced she was becoming the first black in Miami's history to run for the City Commission.

''The audience gasped as one, then rose to applaud Mrs. Range for several minutes,'' The Miami Herald reported.

The commission race became of the city's most exciting -- and controversial.

After Range finished first in the primary, she slugged it out with the second-highest vote getter, attorney Irwin Christie, in the runoff.

It turned ugly. A sound truck traveled throughout white neighborhoods, blaring an ominous message: A black woman was about to win -- unless they voted.

Christie won, and later apologized for the rough campaign. A gracious Range accepted.

She didn't stay defeated long, though.

When Commissioner Sidney Aronovitz unexpectedly stepped down, then Mayor Robert King High appointed Range to fill his seat in 1966.

She decided a year later to try to win the seat on her own.

A reporter asked her, ``Mrs. Range have you got butterflies in your stomach?''

''Oh, it's gone beyond that,'' she said, ``By now, I've got bats in my belfry.''

But she easily won a term of her own the next year: Both whites and blacks voted for her in droves.

During her five years on the commission, she focused on getting a gun control ordinance passed, although it was not as tough as she had hoped. She also fought for more playgrounds and more regular garbage pickups. Some poor neighborhoods had garbage stinking in the streets for weeks before trucks came around, she said.

In 1971, Range became part of the state's history when then-Gov. Reubin Askew appointed her director of the Florida Department of Community Affairs. It was the highest position in state government ever head by a black or a woman.

For two years, Range ran an office with 200 employees and $5.2 million annual budget. She oversaw the state's emergency management office as well as the Office of Migrant Labor and Division of Economic Opportunity.

In the 1970s, President Jimmy Carter persuaded her to help him by serving on the National Railroad Passenger Corp. -- quite a jump from once cleaning the railroad cars.

In 1989, the Miami Commission voted her to fill a seat vacated by Rosario Kennedy.

In a stirring speech, she promised to serve as a unifying force in a community torn by riots just months earlier.

Her duty, Range said, ``is to serve all of Miami, regardless of race, creed or color.''

The community rewarded her years of hard work with dozens of plaques and awards. Today, there is an Athalie Range Park, an Athalie Range Olympic Swimming Complex.

And, of course, the business she nurtured for so many years, the Range Funeral Home, remains an institution in Liberty City. Though her son Patrick took over operations, she continued to have a hand in the business.

In addition to her sons Patrick and Gary, Range is survived by her daughter, Myrna. Her son, Oscar, preceded her in death.
Published in the Miami Herald on Nov. 14, 2006.
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October 20, 2017
To our dearest Miss M Athalie Range. Our condolences and prayers goes out to the entire Range family. Thank you for you many dedicated years of service to our community. We love you and will miss you. We will miss your beautiful plasent smile, your soft low spoken voice, most of all your poems. We will miss your services.
Patrick Jefferies
September 12, 2016
REQUIESCAT IN PACE.
Sylvia Worrell (Barbados)
October 31, 2014
Sorry of your loss may you find peace in the god of all comfort. 2 Cor.1:3
H. Darby
June 5, 2012
I simply loved this article! What a story indeed and I've been a Journalist for 20 year now. Thanks for sharing, Please keep me in the loop? Stay blessed Range Family and Legacy.com. Take care-Deborah A. Culp * Journalist/Photographer . Deborahculp@hotmail.com.
February 29, 2012
You are truly mIssed Auntie. Rest on in peace and tell Granpa hello and look out for his FeFe.
Teresa Spevey-Jackson now
November 14, 2011
I love u grand ma.....mizz'n u lik crazy...every day...(tearz).....c u grandma...
Nicholas Range
November 14, 2011
Just sitting here thinking to myself that we have lost a wonderful woman, grandma you made a big differemce here in Miami and I am pretty sure that everbody is thankful.
Arleeta Range
November 27, 2008
You were a blessing to many people from various walks of life. The life you lived let's us know YOUR LIVING WAS NOT IN VAIN. You were indeed a remarkable woman and humanitarian.
Sandra Davis
April 13, 2008
i text u before but u are a good lady and could never be forgettin
chantelle martin
March 22, 2008
mrs.Athalie Range i know you don't know me but i know your granddauther shelia range i just want to say have a great time with god and jessus.
chantelle Martin
March 14, 2008
hi granma....i know we didnt really talk...but u are truly missed by me....love ya...
jasmine RANGE
March 9, 2008
Marie Smith
August 9, 2007
DEAR GRANDMA THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT AND YOUR LOVE HOPE YOU HAVE A LOVELY TIME IN HEAVEN LOVE YOU.....................
SHELIA RANGE 3
August 9, 2007
DEAR MRS. M. ATHALIE RANGE YOU KNOW ME FROM YOUR GRANDSON NICK, I WISH YOU A HAPPY FARWELL AND TELL THE LORD THAT I CHRISTOPHER DAILEY LOVE HIM. AND I WOULD LIKE TO THINK YOU FOR MY BESTEST FRIEND NICK RANGE, AND THINK YOU FOR ALL THE THINGS THAT YOU DONE FOR THE BLACK PEOPLE. LOVE C.M.DAILEY & FAMILY.
CHRISTOPHER DAILEY
August 9, 2007
HA GRANDMA I WISH U WAS HERE WITH US TO SEE HOW WE ALL HAVE GROWN IN YOUR WAYS I LOVE U AND I KNOW THAT YOUR RESTIN NOW WITH JESUS NOW SO I'M HAPPY WITH THAT..........MISS U.
NICHOLAS RANGE
August 9, 2007
I TRULY MISS YOU GRANDMA, SINCE U BEEN GONE I BEEN TRYING TO KEEP MOVING ON BUT I ALWAYS SEE U IN SOMETHING I DO. THE KIDS AND I WISH U WERE STILL HERE WITH US. MUCH LOVE SHELIA, SHELIA, SHANESE, GEORGE, AND COURTNEY JR.
SHELIA RANGE
January 15, 2007
Time marches on just as your legend will.You have lefted a void in this
city and in so many hearts,
God truly called an angel home to take your place at his side. It is how you lived that we will forever remember you for. Sleep on God's angel you have taken your final bow on earth as the curtain closed. Rst in peace you will surely be missed. Thank you for all the work you done here to make our city better.
Robin Stevens-Johnson
January 2, 2007
My deepest condolences to all family members, friends and all who was touched by her greatness. I just wanted to share with you on one of the moment Mother Range touched my life. My son is a “Fallen Marine” and was taken care of by the Range family. In one of my meetings with Mother Range, she put her business sense aside to talk with me. She shared a personal story with me about a family member of hers. While telling me the story she ended it with a, “Baby I know you have God in your life” because it takes strength to deal with what you are going through. For someone as great and wise as Mother Range, to say that to me and I know she was being true to her heart and me. I was/ am truly honored to have had her in my life. We will all miss Mother Range for her wisdom and great spirit, but her spirit shall live on. As I’ve been told, “a memory is something no one can take away”. So, thank God for Great memories!
Linda Virgin
December 12, 2006
I grew up in Miami. Now living in Tennessee.1970 Graduate of Miami Central Sr. High. My Deepest Sympathy to the Family. I get the Miami Times here but it's a week late.
Edwina Foster - Rich elrich01@hotmail.com
December 10, 2006
No bond is as great as that between a parent and child. My deepest condolences are with you as you grieve.I'll always have the memories of "Mrs. A. Range".from the family of the late Major George H. Adams, Gregory & Beverly Adams.
gregory adams
December 9, 2006
Mighty Woman of God, My heart is in pain and in much sorrow for earthly reasons, but my spirit is happy and full of joy at your passing over that jordan river to be with The Father, in your new heavenly home. You are so Loved and missed.
Vincent W. Paramore
December 8, 2006
Ms. Range I loved you so much, but I never had the opportunity to tell you how much. I loved the work that you did for the african american community and your strong spirit! You are going to be missed greatly and I hope one day after I finish mortuary school to work at your funeral home. I love you!!!
Tonique Wyche
December 8, 2006
Thank You for myself, Thank You for our family,especially Mrs.Range for our sons and grandchildren.

MUCH LOVE!!!
Herman III & Connie Bain
December 7, 2006
I am truley going through a lot of pain now that grandma has passed away but I know that she is in a better place. I love you grandma and I will see you soon.
Cheyenne Range
December 7, 2006
Miami has lost a'Legend'. I am a product of her legacy(graduate from Liberty City Elem.)My prayers go out to the Family. She will truly be missed.
Marchell (Williams) Hough
December 6, 2006
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life’s routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.Love your cousins the Spevey & Ware family.May God Bless You
Terri Ware
December 6, 2006
So sorry I was unable to attend your homegoing celebration. Your memories will live on in me. Your niece Kay
Kay
December 5, 2006
To the family of a Great Wonderful, Respectful Lady.You had a beatuiful Mom.My Prayers and Sympathy goes to each of you in her passing. I was out of town when I received the new of her passing. May God give you strength to accept her death and knowing that she is our of her suffering. God Bless
Edith Alvin
December 5, 2006
What a lady, she handled my uncle's burial. My mother couldn't stop talking about how helpful she and Patrick was. That was about 40 years ago. She was always a person of prestige. May she rest in peace. Because her work here has been done. May god bless her family.
Meriam Duncan
December 1, 2006
To the Range family, your loved one has set the bar very high for all human beings to reach in life. But most of all she has attained every goal, and I am in total awe. She has given me new found strength in acheiving what I thought was not possible, and for that I am truly grateful. Mrs. Range will be truly missed.
Darlene Suckoo
November 30, 2006
To Patrick and Family, your Mother was a guidinglight that passed on to you. How well I remember You being as giving as Your Mother. After 40 + years I still remember you and your Mother kindness.
Paullette Sims Wimberly and Family
Paullette Sims Wimberly
November 29, 2006
WITH HEARTFELT SYMPATHY TO THE FAMILY OF MRS. RANGE. THE BEAUTIFUL MEMORIES OF YOUR LOVED ONE, WILL FOREVER BE CHERISHED.
VERA LEE & FAMILY
November 29, 2006
I did not know Ms. Range personally but I knew of her through my grandfather, Adan Jimeno. On behalf of the Jimeno family I wish to extend our deepest sympathy. May your loving memories live on and keep you all during your time of grief.
Shawntrel Jimeno-Watts
November 28, 2006
God has call an angel to give her report.
Walter & Loretta Sweeting
November 26, 2006
To Patrick and family may you find comfort in Him during your lost of a godly mother. As a pillar to the community and Dade County, she will be long remembered by the community for the concern that she had for us, but mostly by you as the mother who instilled morals, standards and a love for humanity. I will keep you and your family in my prayers. Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints. ~Psalm 116:15
Leroy Rahmings Jr.
November 24, 2006
My dear college-mate Myrna, I only met Mrs. Range once, but I was very impressed by her dignity and her intelligence, and I never forgot her. Reading about her accomplishments was truly inspiring. My thoughts are with you at this time.
Anne Moon
November 24, 2006
Patrick, Myrna, Gary, and The Range Family - May you find comfort in knowing that your mother is at sweet rest, and that she has completed what God had assigned her to do. Always remember that the joy of the Lord is your strength, and that she will always be present in your lives and in the lives of the multitude she served. Those of us in the funeral service profession will strive to emulate the example of our matriarch, Mother Range. Be blessed in the Lord.
Barbara B. Jordan & Family
November 23, 2006
to a Lady,a Mother,a Leader,Some one that you can close your eyes to and she would say come and with out a shadow of a douth with out even thinking you would follow her just because of who she was and the trust you had in her because Mama Range being Ma Range may God keep Blessing the whole family
shirley brooks
November 23, 2006
i sending my deepest sympathy to the RANGE family from atlanta ,ga
wesley thompson
November 23, 2006
We have lost a legendary public servant and wonderful lady who was an inspiration to many. She will be missed by us all.
State Representative Ron Saunders
November 22, 2006
Thank GOd for her life and services to the community.
Ruth Moorer
November 22, 2006
To Ma (Myrna), Uncle Pat, Uncle Gary and the whole entire Range Family,

Words can not express the way I feel about Grandma (Mrs. Range). When I got first receive the news of Grandma passing, a part of my personal world as come to an end. We as a whole as has lost a great, wonderful, and beautiful lady. Grandma will always live in my heart and in my dreams. I am with always and always praying for you all. May God continue to bless you and keep you. This is my prayer for you.
Sonya Y. Powell-Bowe
November 22, 2006
We all remember that wonderful caring voice over the years making arrangements for her families at the Funeral Home and our association wth her. The legacy she leaves humbles all of us as we strive to live up to her ideals. She will never be forgotten.
PIERSON ENTERPRISES, INC.
Grannis Jr., Gloria, Eric and Lisa Pierson, Karin Letizia
November 22, 2006
I know that your family's loss is colossal, but may you find comfort in remembering how abundantly blessed you, and all of our community has been through Ms. Range's outpouring of love, courage and her tireless contributions. It is my prayer that her legacy continue, and that your family be blessed.
Joni Harris & family
November 22, 2006
To Patrick, Myrna, and Gary: The Sorors of Gamma Delta Sigma Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. shall always remember the strong support your mother gave to our BUDS of SPRING Rhomania for many years. Our prayers for God's strength and guidance as you continue your plans for the future.
WITH DEEPEST SYMPATHY-Dr. Gwendolyn Robinson, Basileus and Mrs. Alvilda Marie Greene, First Anti-Basileus
Alvilda Marie Greene
November 22, 2006
Mrs. Range was highly respected by all of her coleagues in the funeral profession. Black or white, she set a high standard for all of us to achieve. She will be missed.
Ray Fuqua, Funeral Director
November 22, 2006
YOU WILL BE MISSED BY ONE AND ALL.
THELMA JACKSON-DEZMAL
November 22, 2006
To the Range family:

We know from personal experience the sacrifices you all have made even as kids for Ma Range to complete her mission in South Florida. Please know the sacrifices have not been in vain. She and others like her were placed in certain locations during a specific time in American history to win battles they were born to fight. Children yet unborn will benefit from her work and from your personal sacrifices as a family. May God bless and keep you in this time of grief and mourning. We are sure you'll continue to communicate with her in your dreams.

Sincerely,

The Cherry Families

Julia T. Cherry, Cassandra Cherry Kittles, Daytona Beach

Dr. Glenn W. Cherry, Dr. Valerie Rawls-Cherry, Jamal Cherry, Tampa

Charles W. Cherry II, Lisa Rogers-Cherry, Chayla Cherry, Charles W. Cherry III, Fort Lauderdale
Cherry Families
November 21, 2006
The Rucker family
sends aur deepest sympathy to the Range family.may god bless you all.
Noah & Betty Rucker
November 21, 2006
Mrs. Range will always be remembered for her wit, wisdom and witness. Rest in peace.
Elder George & Tremelle Fishburne
George Fishburne
November 21, 2006
With love to The Range family. I am truly grateful to Mrs. Range not only for what she did for our community but for the love and care she gave to my Grandmother when she passed.
Gwendolyn Hendly
November 21, 2006
To Mr. N. Patrick Range and the Range Funeral Home family. We were very sadden to hear of the passing of the great Matriarch of the family.

I had two lovely occasions, to have met this lady of Impeccable Character, warmth and Grace. Once was before I got into the Funeral Profession and one other time after I became a Funeral director. Each time she was the same.

Sorry I wasn't able to make it over to the service, would have loved to have been there. But we just want you all to know, that we feel your pain and we share with you at this time, we will continue to lift you up in prayer, so that God Grace and His Peace will keep you strong during this time of testing.

From the Management and Staff of the Emerald Ridge Mortuary & Monument Company Ltd. #20 Claridge Road.
www.emeraldridgemortuary.com
Mr. Wendell G. Dean II
November 21, 2006
From the family of the late Merline Matthews we would like to send our condolences to the entire Range family.
Maceo Matthews
November 21, 2006
The Mack Family send our deepest sympathy to the Range family.
Andrew and Chernea Mack
November 21, 2006
Mother Range, may you rest in peace. I will always remember you telling (us), the kids from Liberty City to never give -up on our dreams. May God Bless you and family comfort at the difficult time..
Jeffrey Smith
November 21, 2006
Mother Range, you will be deeply missed as you were loved and have loved so many for so many years. You were given so much in spirit; that much was required of you and without murmur you preservered and stood as a beacon of light and hope for us all. Let' n us know that times wer' a changin' and we had better get ready and stay ready to do His work.
I know you have responded to the call of, "welcome My true and failthful servant, now you may take your rest"
Terri & Byron Ware
November 21, 2006
To the Range Family,

It all started when [Rev.] Sam and Inell (Gay) lived next door to Oscar and Athalie (Range) in Liberty Square. We have been like family every since. What a fellowship to be apart of this great family. Now, Oscar, Inell, Sam, and finally Athalie are in the same heavenly neighborhood, probably next door to each other once again. What a blessing to known you all and continue to keep you as family. Let us continue to move Miami forward for the betterment of all. Thank you Mama Range, take your rest, we love you more, but God loves to best!!!

The Gay Family
Gregory Gay
November 21, 2006
We were so sorry to hear of your loss. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to help at this time.
THE BROOKINS FAMILY
November 21, 2006
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well-lived.
JUANITA DESIRAL
November 21, 2006
I was born and raised in Miami but moved away. In 1959, Mr. & Mrs. Range directed my oldest sister's funeral. Mrs. Range stood strong and stood for something in our community and in our hearts. She shall be remembered as a "Queen" in my book. I love you, Ms. Range, and may you rest in peace.
Leola Williams
November 21, 2006
To the Range family: You have my deepest sympathy and I am keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. Your mother will truly be missed, she was such a great lady and a inspiration to all. After such a beautiful journey may she find a peaceful rest.
Sheila Barkley Crooms
November 21, 2006
A ray of light has gone out in Miami because a star has passed away. Mrs. Range will truly be remembered as an icon, a legend and a pioneer who fought for the rights of citizens in Miami-Dade County. The of legacy Mrs. Range must continue to be carried out. She was truly the "Coretta Scott King" of Miami-Dade County.
Danielle Barnes
November 21, 2006
Myrna, Pat, Gary, many thanks for sharing your mother with the Greater Miami community over the years. Because of Mrs. Range, countless numbers remained on the straight and narrow to become assets to our community and so many other areas around the nation and the world. From our humble beginnings and eary years in the Liberty Square Project to the present, there has always been an M. Athalie Range. Yes, she will be missed but always cherished for blessing us with her presence.
Judy Wilcher-Nelson
November 21, 2006
In memory of Ms. Athalie Range of Range Funeral Home. You presided over the homegoing services for many loved ones including several of my own, including most recently, my great-aunt Cleomie A. Smith whose celebration of life was held on September 11, 2006. Former Booker T. Washington High school classmates, both of you rest in peace.
Cuoree Sippio
November 21, 2006
THE LORD SENT US MAMA RANGE A LEGACY AND ICON THAT WILL TRULY BE MISSED. SHE WAS A LITTLE LADY WHO MADE A DIFFERENCE IN A BIG WORLD!! THANK YOU FOR HELPING TO PAVE AWAY FOR AFRICAN AMERICANS NOW ITS UP TO US TO CARRY THE TORCH. LOVE YOU ALWAYS AND THANK YOU!
YOUR SOROR, ST8CEY
STACEY DEAN
November 21, 2006
God bless the Range family.
James Gibson
November 21, 2006
I am new to Miami, but I have heard of the greatness of this most majestic woman, and the wonderful contributions that she has made to the world around her. All who knew her and benefited from her kindness and generosity and love are blessed.
Monika Daniely-Peters
November 21, 2006
All the great ones live forever. Momma Range will live in everyone she has touched, as her wisdom and great works continue to be passed from generation to generation. She is a great example of what pride, character and determination can manifest.

I am so glad to know that Momma Range will live through me...
Martin Maultsby
November 21, 2006
Dear Patrick and Family;
Extraordinary; outside the borders of the norm and the every day, above and far beyond the ordinary; Mrs. Range exemplified and personified the term extraordinary in every conceivable way. My family, four generations of us lived on 57th street and 14th avenue more years ago than I care to recount, and we have long since moved away. Never-the-less, my grandson tells a story of Mrs. Range spotting him earlier this year, during a trip to the funeral home designed to divert young men from criminal activity. He says she told him, you look familiar. I am sure he squirmed as he tried valiantly, but unsuccessfully to avoid the inevitable. Finally, he gave the name of his grandfather, Roger Brown and stated that Range had handled his funeral. She immediately replied, “I know your family, you have no business here, you weren't raised like that!" Though at that moment, he longed to disappear; my grandson has never forgotten that this pioneer business woman, this community icon, had the heart of a mother, the eyes of an eagle and a memory to put "ordinary" folk of any age to shame. Thank you for sharing such a priceless gift with us.
We will have to stand divinely strengthened, shoulder to shoulder and many deep, to begin to fill the gap left by M. Athalie Range.
I pray that your family will now receive the unfeigned comfort which you have graciously lavished on a community of “grieving neighbors” for decades. During the most difficult of times for my family, each time we said goodbye to a loved one, it was just a little easier that the “business” of our grief was efficiently cared for… by friends.
aahmeridian@yahoo.com
Andrea Harris
November 21, 2006
We lost another Great One,my prayers are with the family. May her legacy live forever.
Gloria Royal
November 21, 2006
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life’s routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
SIMONE DAWKINS-CLARK
November 21, 2006
Words can not adquately state how much you will be missed. As you take your place within Heaven's Gate, God Bless your legacy and memory.
Gail Goring
November 21, 2006
She was the most wonderful woman of the world. I am cubanamerican that admired as no one in the country.God Blessed Her and I know she is by HIS side allready.We need a lady like her in our country.

Silvia Mancha , cuban exiled.
silvia mancha
November 21, 2006
You have been the inspiration behind my love for this city we call Miami. I will miss you...we will all miss you!
Manuel Sanchez
November 21, 2006
A shining and enduring symbol of courage during trying times. Mrs. Range's life has inspired many lives not to take the status quo. Though she is gone, her life of service will never be forgotten. We offer our sincere condolences and prayers to the family during this difficult time.
Aaron & Robin Walker
November 21, 2006
May god be with the range family
Precious Evans
November 21, 2006
Mrs Range, smiling face and words of wisdom will be miss on 17th Avenue. My prayer are with you at this time. May God continue to bless and keep each of you strong.
Henry Gilyard
November 21, 2006
Each time we loose someone we love it makes us look at the ones we have left. Appreciate the gifts Mrs Range has given to you her family, and so many others.Strive to continue her legacy.She was someone
I admired in so many ways, but above
all her honesty. God's Blessings be with you always.
Charlene Butler
November 21, 2006
Courage in the face of adversity and courage to be a pioneer of Miami's civil rights struggle were but a couple of Ms. Range's blessings. May Heaven's greetings be parallel to this community's sorrow for her departure.
Alberto Carvalho
November 21, 2006
PRAYERS AND LOVE TO THE RANGE FAMILY FROM MY FAMILY THANKS FOR YEARS OF SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY BECAUSE OF YOUR STRUGGLES AND DEDICATION YOU MADE THINGS POSSIBLE;AND MORE THAN I EVER KNEW AFTER HEARING A SHORT SYNOPSIS OF YOUR ENDEAVORS THANKS AND GOD BLESS
DOROTHY SIMS
November 21, 2006
WE EXTENDED OUR DEEPEST SYMPATHY TO THE ENTIRE FAMILY, DURING THIS TIME.
MAY GOD BLESS AND KEEP YOU DURING THIS YOUR HOUR OF SADNESS. THANK YOU MS. ATHALIE RANGE FOR TAKING A STAND FOR AFRICAN AMERICANS AND SPREADING YOUR LOVE THROUGHOUT THE COMMUNITY AND THE WORLD.
LOLA & DESIREE HIGGS
November 21, 2006
GOD IS GOOD ALL THE TIME, WE THANK GOD FOR BLESSING YOU, OUR FAMILY, AND COMMUNITY WITH A LADY OF ELEGANCE, DETERMINATION, AND LOVE FROM HER SPIRIT. MAY WE ALL CHERISH AND CARRY ON THE LEGACY IN OUR HEARTS OF MAMA RANGE. GOD BLESS THE FAMILY!
ROBERT & TEKILA WIGGINS
November 21, 2006
OUR SYMPATHY AND PRAYERS TO THE FAMILY OF THE LATE M. ATHALIE RANGE.
WE SEND LOVE, AND MAY GOD FOREVER BLESS THIS FAMILY.THANK YOU FOR LEAVING A BEAUTIFUL LEGACY. MAY YOU ALWAYS CHERISH THE PRECIOUS MOMENTS.
PRINCETTA GUNNING
November 21, 2006
My condolences to your family. Thank you for all the good work you have done for the community and humanity.
Lee Samuels
November 21, 2006
MS. M. ATHALIE RANGE,A BEAUTIFUL GIANT OF ELEGANCE,DETERMINATION,STRENGTH, ROLE MODEL,LOVING,ENTREPRENEUR, A SOLIDER IN THE AFRICAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY, WHO SHOULD FOREVER BE IN OUR HISTORY BOOKS AND IN OUR HEARTS.
B'DETTE WIGGINS
November 21, 2006
Vanester Turner
November 20, 2006
We thank God that he sent Mrs. M Athalie Range. It is evident she accomplished what was pleasing to him.

Our prayers are with with you and your family.
Raelyn & Edwin Carter
November 20, 2006
My God bless you and keep you as near to his heart as you have kept the citizens of Miami to yours. You are a gem that will truly be missed. Thanks for the memories.
Roderick Vereen
November 20, 2006
We extend our deepest sympathy to the entire family during this very difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Judge Bronwyn Catherine Miller and Maury Udell
November 20, 2006
Ma Range, it is with great sadness that I did not have the pleasure to personally know you. I've watched the news coverage about your life and I'm truly in awe as to what a dynamic and caring woman you were! You carried more than a torch for all African Americans in Dade/Broward County. You will be greatly missed. My symapthies are with your family. I know you're watching over us, you always have!
Hillary Jackson
November 20, 2006
Deepest Sympathy to the Range Family. May God comfort you in your time of sorrow.
Kale Stallworth Benton
November 20, 2006
My condolences and deepest sympathy to the Range family.
Roberta Pemberton
November 20, 2006
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well-lived.
DORIS PETERS
November 20, 2006
To the Range Family: May the Lord bless and keep you during this, your hour of sadness. We pray God's richest blessings on your family.
James Robinson
November 20, 2006
Our Deepest Sympathy May God Always Keep You In His Care.
Mr. & Mrs. Stalvert Outten
November 20, 2006
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life’s routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
BALVIN SHERIFFE AND FAMILY
November 20, 2006
I would like to express my deepest sympathy to the Range family. I have never personally met Mrs. Range, but I know all the great things that she has done for our people and our community. I will miss her deeply. And I know her legacy will live on forever.
Anitra Smith
November 20, 2006
Our hearts are with you and your family during this difficult time. May your hearts be filled with peace and hope.
George & Charlotta Sabb
November 20, 2006
Harold R. Jones, III
November 20, 2006
Dwight Overstreet
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