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Salter, Reva (Nee Daniels) Mrs. Reva Daniels Salter was born on June 13, 1917 to Will and Gracie Cobb Daniels in El Dorado, Arkansas. Her mother, Gracie, died when Reva was a toddler. As the only girl, Reva was her father's precious 'jewel'. She and her brother, Arelious, grew up in a stable, loving and nurturing home. After completing high school in El Dorado, Reva matriculated to Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana where she met and married Samuel L. Salter. From this union, three children, Gracie Marie, Kwame Samuel and George Ralph, were born and survived. While in Louisiana, Reva Salter taught pre-school, operated her own snack shop and raised her three children. She was a loyal and loving wife, a doting and strong mother and grandmother. To the end, Reva was well read and possessed a razor sharp mind for details (Scrabble), current events and politics. Reva loved poetry all of her life and was inspired to write poems on topics ranging from Presidents to family member, friends and contemporary issues. She reigned as the Poet Laureate of the family. Among her many other gifts and pursuits, she was known for her baking skills (the famous pound cake) and love of sewing. Reva's zest for life was infectious and inspirational. She easily trans-itioned from Arkansas to Louisiana to Wisconsin to California and to Illinois, never being afraid of starting over. Reva was the undisputed matriarch of the growing Salter clan. She was independent, fearless, feisty and passionate. She instilled strong values of integrity, hard work and ethical behavior in her children and grandchildren. She lived life on her terms. She did it her way. Reva was a strong Black woman who refused to be mistreated, ignored or dismissed. Her youthful appearance stunned, stumped and amazed all who tried to 'guess' her age. Reva was both classy and elegant. She exuded an unshakable confidence. Her beauty was captivating. With her penetrating grey eyes, she could see through you; with her nimble intellect and riveting vocabulary, she could debate anyone; and, with her physical beauty, she could mesmerize and enchant even the most cynical person. Her beloved husband, Samuel, her baby boy, George, her half-brother, Elijah and younger brother Arelious, preceded Reva in death. The memories of her life will be cherished by her children Gracie Marie Salter-Wilson (Leonard), (Milwaukee, WI), Kwame S. Salter (Phyllis), (Oak Park, IL); her grandchildren, Leonard Wayne Wilson, Jr (Larita), (Milwaukee, WI) Kevin Jamal Salter (Romeldia), (Chicago, IL) Gracelyn Michelle Wilson, (Milwaukee, WI) Keri-JaMelda Salter-Shahidi (Afshin), (Glendale, CA) Matthew Harrison-Samuel (Oak Park, IL) Lauren Victoria Salter (Oak Park, IL); 11 great and 4 great-great- grandchildren and a host of loving family and friends. A memorial service will be held at Parklawn Assembly of God, 3725 N. Sherman Blvd., Fri., Dec. 9, 2011 at 5 PM. Interment at Forest Hill Cemetery, Madison, WI. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Parklawn Assembly of God. Cress Funeral and Cremation Service 3610 Speedway Road Madison 608-238-3434 Please share your memories at: www.CressFuneralService.com
Published in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Dec. 7, 2011
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